The Texans (1-5) are clearly focused on the future following their fourth straight loss, with rookie Davis Mills set to stay under center in Week 7 and longtime rusher Whitney Mercilus was released on Tuesday. That future does not include Watson, who has made it clear on several occasions behind closed doors that he wants to be traded. Watson, 26, has a no-trade clause on the four-year, $ 156 million contract he signed in 2020, but has Miami “at the top of his list” of preferred landing spots, according to McClain .
The Dolphins have talked to Texans about Watson on and off for months, and those talks escalated into serious negotiations. After losing to Jacksonville in London – their fifth straight loss – the Dolphins seem more determined to finally run the Watson trade.
Texans general manager Nick Caserio has asked for three first-round picks, as well as two second-round picks, in exchange for Watson, according to McClain. It’s not clear if the Dolphins would actually hit that asking price, nor is it clear if Miami is waiting to strike until the quarterback’s legal situation is resolved. Facing 22 civil lawsuits, Watson was not suspended by the NFL but is still under investigation, with police also investigating the allegations against the star appellant.
There is, however, another potential delay with this deal. Aaron Wilson Reports that the potential involvement of another team in another deal that does not involve Watson is a factor in that potential deal. One might conclude that it has to do with Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Teams interested in Watson have previously told the Texans they want the QB’s legal issues sorted out before they finalize a trade, according to McClain. Watson, meanwhile, continued to work for Houston, but has been inactive on game days all year.
The Dolphins (1-5) are just recovering Tagovalioa, their first-round pick a year ago, back from injury. But they’ve struggled offensively all season, a year after relying on substitute Ryan Fitzpatrick to relieve Tagovailoa in several games.
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