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Why the 49ers Can’t Trade for Deshaun Watson Until June 1 – Sports Illustrated

Explaining the exact reason the 49ers can’t trade for Deshaun Watson until June 1.

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There’s a reason the Houston Texans haven’t traded Deshaun Watson yet.
They can’t.
If they were to trade him now to the 49ers or any other team, the Texans would take on $21.6 million in dead cap money. And if they were to keep him, they’d pay him only $15.94 million in 2021. Which means trading him now would cost the Texans almost $6 million more than keeping him.
So, of course they haven’t traded him yet. They would be incompetent to trade him now.
But things will change on June 1.
On that date,…

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