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LA Chargers: 2 possible trades to acquire J.J. Watt

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 20: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans sits on the sidelines before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 20: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans sits on the sidelines before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. A Mike Williams for J.J. Watt swap

I already wrote that a Mike Williams trade is unlikely this offseason and I stand by that take. This may seem to contradict what I previously wrote but this is one of the few instances where I could actually see a Williams trade making sense.

Williams is essentially in the same boat as J.J. Watt in terms of contract. Williams is playing on his fifth-year rookie option in 2021 and is set to make $15 million. The Chargers would be paying slightly more with Watt, as he is making $17.5 million this season, but it is not a huge jump.

So why would the Houston Texans do this if they are only saving $2.5 million? Well, they are getting a much younger player that they could work on an extension with that could hopefully convince Deshaun Watson to stay around.

The Texans have the final say in the Watson saga and there is no guarantee he gets traded, so perhaps adding another receiving in Williams could help mend that relationship between Watson and the team.

Oh yeah, and did we mention that Watson and Williams were teammates on the Clemson Tigers and had great chemistry together?

So why would the LA Chargers do this? The idea could be that the money is better used on another edge defender to replace Melvin Ingram rather than on Mike Williams. Personally, while I do not think Williams is worth $15 million, I would rather pay Williams than Watt.

But I understand why the Chargers might make a move like this and it definitely is something that should intrigue Houston.

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