TRADING IN THEIR CARR?

How Derek Carr could open the door to a Watson departure for Texans

The Raiders are rumored to covet Deshaun Watson. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Deshaun Watson sweepstakes may conclude with the largest trade in NFL history. On the latest episode of Locked On Texans, NFL National Insider Ian Rapoport reported that 25 teams have their sights on making a move for Watson — one of which is the Las Vegas Raiders.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders are exploring options for quarterback Derek Carr that could result in a three-team deal that would send Deshaun Watson to Las Vegas. The Raiders will try to obtain two first-round picks that they will send to Houston.

In 2020, Carr may have had his best career season. He threw for a career-best 4,103 passing yards and ended the year with a 27-9 touchdown to interception ratio. His best game of the season came during a Week 5 40-32 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. In the win, Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders ended the season with an 8-8 record — barely missing the playoffs.

While a potential deal to send Watson to the Raiders may come with a plethora of draft picks, Las Vegas may not receive two first-rounders in-exchange for Carr. First and foremost, the Raiders do not own a top-10 pick in this year's draft. In fact, their first selection does not come until pick No. 17. Las Vegas can trade into the top-10 given the number of teams in search of a quarterback. But most of the teams like the Jaguars, Jets and Panthers have their eyes set on Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Trey Lance — not Carr.

This NFL offseason may see several top quarterbacks on the move. And for a team that needs a guy under center, there are several moves that a team can make to upgrade at a cheaper cost. However, if the Raiders downgrade their asking price for Carr to a first and second-round pick, then maybe this is a rumor Texan fans might want to keep an eye on.

During the Texans' introductory press conference for new head coach David Culley on Friday, general manager Nick Caserio said they have "zero interest" in trading a disgruntled Watson.

"So organizationally, just want to reiterate our commitment to Deshaun Watson. He's had a great impact on this organization, a great impact on a lot of people, a great impact on this team, and we look forward to the opportunity to spend more time with him here this spring once we get started. And we have zero interest in trading the player." — Caserio

Coty M. Davis is a reporter for ESPN 97.5 Houston/SportsMap covering the Houston Texans. He is also the co-host of Locked On Texans, a part of the Locked On Podcast Network. Follow Coty on Twitter @CotyDavis_24.

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After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

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After four shutout innings to start his day on the mound, working around a few hits along the way, Zack Greinke tried to cash in on his team's offense to get another win on his record. He wouldn't be able to get it done, though, as Toronto would get after him in the top of the fifth. They would score four times amongst five batters that came to the plate, with a solo homer by Rowdy Tellez, a two-RBI double by Bo Bichette, and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

Houston takes the series

No more runs would come on either side the rest of the way, with Kent Emanuel working around a single for a scoreless sixth, Ryne Stanek getting a 1-2-3 seventh, and Andre Scrubb doing the same in the eighth to set up Ryan Pressly for the save. Pressly would get the job done, sending the Blue Jays down in order, including two strikeouts to wrap up the win and giving Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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