Assuming the Texans and Dolphins figure out a way to land the plane on a trade with Deshaun Watson, what’s up with Tua Tagovailoa?
Some believe the fifth overall pick in the 2020 Draft would be part of the package of players and picks that would go to Houston. It seems unlikely. Others believe Tua would be traded to a separate squad. While possible, that doesn’t seem likely either.
Thanks to the recruit’s salary scale, his base salary for 2021 is only $ 780,000. The Dolphins could easily keep him for the rest of the year, especially since there’s a risk the NFL will put Watson on paid leave. While many believe it won’t happen, a grand jury indictment of Watson for felony would make it much more likely. The Dolphins would need insurance that Watson can’t play.
Additionally, the Dolphins could perhaps get a better return on Tua in the offseason, when more teams decide to seek new quarterbacks. He has total compensation of approximately $ 3.2 million in 2022 and $ 4.7 million in 2023; that makes his contract attractive, and it could cause a team to give up more to get him.
Some of you (including card-holding members of the Tua Mafia) might read this and say, “Hasn’t coach Brian Flores made it clear that Tua will be the quarterback for the rest?” of the season ? However, the comments were made as reporters tried to get Flores to deny a potential Mike Tomlin-style trade, and Flores certainly didn’t.
The dolphins want Watson. Watson wants the dolphins. The Texans want to trade Watson. The only question that remains is whether a few teams that have shown many signs of dysfunction in recent years can become functional enough not to function in a potentially complicated profession.