The LA Chargers would be crazy to trade Justin Herbert for Deshaun Watson

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The LA Chargers would be crazy to trade Justin Herbert for Deshaun Watson originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Let us start this article with a cold hard truth: Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is not happy (and with good reason). 

The four-year dynamic quarterback, who was selected No. 12 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Texans after a successful collegiate career at Clemson, led the NFL during this past regular season in total passing yards (4,823), averaging 8.9 yards per pass and 301.4 yards per game in 16 games. 

The Texans and “higher ups” in the organization are the ones who aren’t giving Watson the opportunity for success that he needs. Even though he put up insane numbers this past season, the team posted a 4-12 record and missed out on the playoffs.

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Watson has officially requested a trade, but there is one destination that shouldn’t even be in consideration: Los Angeles (at least for one of the teams). 

The Chargers have their quarterback of the future and his name is Justin Herbert. 

After selecting the former Oregon Ducks with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Herbert shattered records his rookie season finishing the regular season with 4,336 total passing yards, 31 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, the new record holder for passing touchdowns in a rookie campaign, and a front-runner to win the NFL Rookie of the Year award.

So, the Chargers are good at the quarterback position. 

Yes, the thought of Watson potentially running your offense is something to think about, but also, Herbert’s rookie season and trajectory are arguably better than Watson’s.

Watson finished his rookie campaign with 1,699 yards, a 61.8% completion percentage, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven games. 

Yes, both statements are true: Deshaun Watson is a good quarterback. Justin Herbert is a great quarterback. 

Watson may be the better quarterback right now, but Herbert's trajectory is looking really high after just one season in the NFL.

The Chargers shouldn’t be market shopping for Herbert. Absolutely not.