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Steve Young: What 49ers should trade for Deshaun Watson



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As the front office decisions over myriad general manager and head coaching vacancies continue to play out, Deshaun Watson’s reported unhappiness with the Houston Texans looms above it all. Watson, as of yet, has not requested a trade, but was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport to not be returning the Texans’ phone calls.

Watson was told he’d be involved, or at least given the chance to provide input on the general manager and head coaching vacancies. He was not provided that input on the hiring of general manager Nick Caserio, and the Texans were reportedly not going to interview Watson’s request, Eric Bienemy. Houston eventually relented in order to appease Watson, but it seems difficult to believe they’re seriously considering Bienemy.

That situation has sparked speculation that perhaps the 49ers could trade for Watson. The, question, of course, is how much should they trade for the 25-year-old?

49ers legend Steve Young joined the Tolbert, Krueger and Brooks show on Wednesday to try and answer that question. Young was asked if he would give three first-round picks for Watson and hesitated, but wasn’t against the idea.

“When’s the last time someone gave three first-rounders for somebody?… I would give two first-round picks for generational quarterbacks,” Young said. “These are potential Hall of Famers. Who are the generational quarterbacks playing right now? Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, probably Josh Allen. Like, young guys. Justin Herbert, very quickly. I would not trade Justin Herbert for less than that, even though he’s won four games or something like that. But there’s something about him that really gives me that sense…

I would take a lot of risk for Deshaun Watson. I would.”

Listen to the full interview below: