At this point it is clear to most observers that the situation between Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans is untenable.
Watson has made it explicitly clear that he wants out and has signaled where he wants to land. Houston, while understandably reluctant to move their best player, will eventually have to give in. That’s part of the reason why the front office has quietly signaled what it wants in return for the star quarterback.
This week, Chris Simms of NBC Sports appeared on Pro Football Talk Live and revealed that one team is preparing to go ‘all-in’ on Watson.
The Miami Dolphins.
“I do think that Miami is going to go all-in on trying to get Deshaun Watson,” he said. “I do. I got that sense from people I trust around the league. So I don’t look at them as drafting a quarterback.”
The Dolphins make a ton of sense as a potential trade partner for Houston.
First and foremost, Miami has two first rounders to offer up: the No. 3 pick and the No. 18 pick. Beyond that, Tua Tagovailoa is a promising young player who the Texans could try and build around.
Yes, players in the Dolphins locker room are very open about how much they don’t respect or believe in Tagovailoa. But that’s due to their own misguided thinking, not anything substantive. In his rookie campaign Tagovailoa proved himself to be roughly as good a quarterback as Sam Darnold has been in three season with the New York Jets, yet the latter is still a sought-after passer in most circles. The same should be true for the former.
Losing a player of Watson’s caliber sucks, but getting back Tagovailoa and a substantial amount of draft capital is about as close as you can get to a fair trade.
At this point, the writing is on the wall. Watson will be in a different uniform come this time next year. Will that uniform ultimately be Miami’s? Time will tell.
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