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If you’re New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas, and you hear that a 25-year-old, three-time Pro Bowl quarterback is on the market, don’t you have an obligation to at least find out how much a trade would cost?

Luckily for Douglas, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler was asked that question Wednesday on “Get Up.” And as you would expect, Deshaun Watson, who sounds like a man who’s played his last game for the Houston Texans, won’t come cheap.

The floor would be three first-round picks at a minimum. People I talk to around the league are unanimous on this. And not only three first-round picks, but a high pick, which is why the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins get implicated so often, because they have the second and third picks in this draft, which the Texans could use to get their franchise quarterback. They’d probably take some other pieces, too. You’re thinking young, ascending players on rookie contracts with other teams. The Texans could look to acquire an emerging veteran with those three picks.

Watson is disgruntled after being shut out of the decision-making process when it came to the Texans hiring general manager Nick Caserio. Aside from the Jets and Dolphins, Fowler identified three sleeper teams in potential Watson trade talks.

Don’t laugh, but the Chicago Bears, I know there are people in that building who are very high on Deshaun Watson, even though they passed on him in 2017. GM Ryan Pace could get a mulligan. They’ve never had a 4,000-yard passer there. They could finally change that.

Carolina Panthers, I hear, would gauge interest, if he indeed was on the market. This is a team that wasn’t completely sold on Teddy Bridgewater. They sort of made that clear, in the open, they have some cap space to do it, they could make it happen.

Washington Football Team is another, as mentioned, is going to be busy this offseason, trying to get their future quarterback. They believe their window is now.

Watson led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards this season, an incredible feat considering that one year ago, the Texans traded wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.

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