Michael Irvin: Deshaun Watson would ‘cure’ Washington's woes

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Michael Irvin: Deshaun Watson would ‘cure’ WFT originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Football team is in a bind at quarterback, it’s no secret. Alex Smith’s comeback story is one for the history books, but nobody is counting on him to be a year-round starter under center. Taylor Heinicke showed exquisite promise during the NFC Wild Card Game vs. the Super Bowl-bound Buccaneers, but can he really be thrust into a starting position so suddenly?

The questions loom, and Washington will undoubtedly be looking at possible suitors throughout this offseason.

Michael Irvin won the Super Bowl three times. He knows what a difference a sense of stability at quarterback can do for a team—his hat trick of Lombardi Trophies were all accomplished with Troy Aikman at the helm of the Cowboys. Irvin thinks the one QB who should be on the minds of Washington’s front office should be the same one that’s been eye candy for the entire NFL: Deshaun Watson.

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Ever since Watson reportedly requested a trade away from the Houston Texans, who have had their share of front office woes over the past few years, every team in the league with the need for a quarterback has been eyeing him.

“You give [Washington’s] defense just a little stability at quarterback—if you give them the quarterback now that’s going to be there later, then you can start building something,” Irvin said on BMitch and Finlay on Friday. “If you can get Deshaun Watson, that cures two problems because it cures the now and your later. If you can do that, then you’ve got something.”

Houston’s asking price for Watson would likely be astronomically high, especially given that Matthew Stafford just fetched two first-round picks, a third-round pick and Jared Goff from the Rams. Still, Irvin thinks it’d be worth it.

“Man, if Washington get that quarterback situation done, as much as it might pain me, I will see them every year in the playoffs,” Irvin says.

However, Washington must be wary of trading away too much to get Watson. One name that’s been mentioned in Watson trade talks is defensive star Chase Young, who has a legitimate case for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Hold onto him like dear life, says Irvin. “If I'm you guys, he's going to be untouchable.”