Tyrann Mathieu: Saints among teams that should inquire about Deshaun Watson

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Don’t look now, but Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu is busy stirring the pot on Twitter. With the Houston Texans in the middle of building a new braintrust and their franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson sharing cryptic tweets online, Mathieu responded with one of his own messages — by naming three teams he’d like to see make a run at Watson in a blockbuster trade.

And, naturally, his hometown New Orleans Saints were first on his mind. He included the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears as afterthoughts, but New Orleans appears to be his preference.

The Saints quarterbacks situation is a little murky. Drew Brees is under contract for the 2021 season, but he’s expected to retire and begin a broadcasting career with NBC Sports once the playoffs have wrapped up. That leaves backup Taysom Hill as the only passer under contract for the future, with fellow reserves Jameis Winston and Trevor Siemian both headed for free agency.

So we should anticipate some new additions to the quarterbacks room this year. Just don’t count on Watson being among them. The four-year, $156 million contract extension he recently signed makes moving him cost-prohibitive, and the draft assets it would take to pry him away from Houston should easily dwarf the largest packages in NFL history, including the infamous Ricky Williams trade.

It’s a fun idea, and Watson would be an incredible windfall for New Orleans. But don’t look for any real news on this front.

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Buffalo
+150+3.5O 54.5
Kansas City
-176-3.5U 54.5