Deshaun Watson’s reported accident with the Houston Texans adds another layer of intrigue to the 49ers’ quarterback situation going into the offseason. While there have been no reports of the Texans offering the 25-year-old quarterback in a trade, nor has Watson made public trade demands, the conversation about his potential move has taken over the conversation about San Francisco’s offseason.
Legendary 49ers WR Jerry Rice joined Monday’s The Morning Roast ‘on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and spoke of a potential pursuit of Watson for the 49ers.
“It all starts with the quarterback,” Rice said. “If the quarterback can not stay healthy, we have problems. If Deshaun Watson, if he̵
Asked how much he would be willing to give up in a trading scenario, Rice – who played with a couple of Hall of Fame quarterbacks in San Francisco – stressed how important the position is.
“Quarterback is the most important piece of the puzzle,” Rice said. “If you do not have a quarterback, you will not win. You build your dynasty around that quarterback. So how much? I do not know, but if we have the opportunity to bring in a player of his quality, we have to look at it, because the game is going in a completely different direction now, too, guys. Quarterbacks become more mobile, able to get out of pocket, expand play and still be able to deliver the ball down the field. You’ll have to have a mobile quarterback now. So I do not know what is too much, but if we have the opportunity to get a player of his stature or something like that, we have to go for it. ”
It’s hard to argue with any of Rice’s points. The NFL is such a quarterback-driven league now that it is No. 1 priority for every team to find the franchise signal caller. The right player at that position can cover many warts that may show up if a minor talent occupied it.
If Watson is available in a trade, Rice is correct, San Francisco should do everything they can to try to get him to Santa Clara.