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In the event that the Houston Texans’ relationship with Deshaun Watson gets to a point where a trade is the only option, the Miami Dolphins could emerge as a possible contender.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday that Watson ” would consider “a move to the Dolphins, with Tua Tagovailoa possibly part of a hypothetical trade package going to Houston:
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Sources say Watson could play hard with the Texans over a trade. His new $ 156 million contract includes a no-trade clause, but informed speculation from one source is that he would consider the @MiamiDolphins in which Tua Tagovailoa and additional compensation go to Houston.
NFL Network Ian Rapoport and ESPN Adam Schefter reported that Watson is upset following the arrival of new general manager Nick Caserio. The three-time Pro Bowler felt like he would take an active role in the hiring process, but ultimately felt marginalized and was not told about the move until he read it on social media.
As much as Watson would like to come out, the biggest hurdle is whether another team could set up a trade that approaches the value of an elite quarterback in his prime and signed by 2025.
The Dolphins might be able to make a competitive offer if they act ahead of the 2021 draft.
Houston could recoup its first and second round picks for this year in addition to Miami’s own draft compensation. Tagovailoa would also serve as the quarterback of the future as the Texans move in a new direction.
However, Tagovailoa has not yet proven that it is good enough to be an organizational cornerstone.
The rookie threw for 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in 10 appearances. His 6.3 yards per attempt was also tied for the fifth-less in the NFL.
Tagovailoa is expected to be better in 2021. He will benefit from the experience gained in his freshman year and will be a full season removed from the hip injury that ended his college career. Still, the former Alabama star still has a long way to go to reach Watson’s level.
Because of this, it’s a matter dolphins shouldn’t think twice about if this becomes a real possibility. They would inevitably give up much of their long-term draft flexibility, but that’s a fair price to pay because a passer as good as Watson is rarely available.
Tagovailoa could become a franchise quarterback; Watson is already one.