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La Canfora: 49ers ‘very interested’ in Deshaun Watson, Kyle Shanahan ‘very high’ on Sam Darnold

Feb 7, 2021 at 12:36 PM--

Fans would probably rather see the San Francisco 49ers stick with Jimmy Garoppolo rather than give up significant draft capital for any potentially available quarterback not named Deshaun Watson. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora noted on the network's Super Bowl LV pre-game coverage that the 49ers are among the teams "very interested" in acquiring Watson from the Houston Texans, should he become available.

"Deshaun Watson, he still badly wants out of Houston," said La Canfora. "The Texans are telling teams, 'We're not trading him.' That could change by the draft. I can tell you, the 49ers, the Panthers (are) among the teams very interested in Deshaun Watson, as are the Jets."

Competition for Watson could become heated should the Texans look to move him. It is unknown how long the 49ers, if really interested, would be willing to compete in a bidding war. Of course, Watson does have some leverage on where he potentially goes, thanks to the no-trade clause within his contract. He would have to approve any destination if he can force a trade.

Speaking of the New York Jets, La Canfora feels their quarterback, Sam Darnold, could be traded too, especially if Watson is in play for them. Would San Francisco be interested?

"Sources tell me 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan (is) very high on Sam Darnold," adds La Canfora. "If that's a match, follow me here, the 49ers would be trading Jimmy Garoppolo, and sources tell me Bill Belichick would love to have a Jimmy G reunion in New England."

You can watch the segment, which was captured by a fan, below.

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