Watson started this recent public trade thing by stating that the organization has flawed hiring practices. And I think he never debunked the idea that the current owner was a lot like his father, simply because he is his son.
Its not really about the next season or even the team's won loss record over the next three years. Its bigger than that. I think it would be smarter to not accommodate whiners, and in a legal manner, not set the precedent of accommodating someone who conducts detrimental actions that undermines the new coach and the authority structure of the organization. If you accommodate Watson, you set the precedent that all whiners need to be accommodated or else you end up singling some out for disparate treatment. This shows what a cancer players like Watson are to an entire organization.
And, I would think a player like that has limited trade value, despite the rumors. I would simply move on from him....forget he even exists...would be the less time consuming and smarter move. If he wants to sit out, fine, but I'm drafting this spring with the idea that he's going to try to put me at a disadvantage and wait until after FA and the draft before he tells me he wont play next year.
There is some root of the problem that has yet to be revealed. If its about making bad personnel decisions, resulting in a losing record, I get that....but the HC, OBrien who was responsible for those moves was fired months ago. Seems like Watson and Watt are still holding some kind of grudge over something, or simply launching their marketing brand by grandstanding.
If I were the GM, I'd just ignore Watson until he apologized for those statements instead of honoring his wishes, and then if the team struggles, show to the whole world what people like that can do to a team, blame the teams failure's over a whiner sitting out the season too arrogant and stubborn to apologize for something he should not have said in the first place.
The 2006 team was the greatest and it is not even a debate. They went 10-0 at home including the playoffs, 16-4 overall, and most importantly won the SB = they finished. The 2005 team during the regular season beat teams by a wider margin but lost in the divisional round. That team did not have Adam Vinatieri either, the 2006 team did. In 2006 we seen the best of Bob Sanders in the playoffs and we went through Ray Lewis/Ed Reed/Steve McNair at Baltimore, and beat Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the AFC Title Game. Also in respect to the 2009 team, that team didn't have Vinatieri either, nor did it have Marvin Harrison or Bob Sanders, Dungy wasn't the Coach as well. It is 2006 hands down.