Report: Deshaun Watson would consider trade to Dolphins

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Reports about quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s unhappiness with the Texans came across the radar this week and it has led to speculation about whether Watson will push for a trade away from Houston.

That speculation is unlikely to end after a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN on Sunday. Mortensen echoed other reports that Watson is upset that the team did not interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for their head coaching vacancy.

Watson’s displeasure with the organization hasn’t led to a trade request at this point, but Mortensen reports that he could “play hardball” about one if he desires. Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract and Mortensen reports that he would consider a trade sending him to the Dolphins.

That trade would likely include Tua Tagovailoa going to Houston along with other compensation. That compensation could include the first- or second-round pick that the Texans sent to Miami for left tackle Laremy Tunsil, although all remains nothing more than innuendo until Watson makes it known what he wants and how the Texans respond.

81 responses to “Report: Deshaun Watson would consider trade to Dolphins

  1. The reports early in the week said he was not happy with the GM choice because he came from new england. He felt that they were doing down the same road they had with Bill o’brien. But it’s okay to go to Miami who is coached by wait for it a New England person

  2. They can’t trade him because of the dead money and how big of a cap hit they’d take. It’s not an option.

  3. Come to the Saints to help build a Super Team! Why waste time is sorry Miami, haven’t you wasted enough time?

  4. If Houston trades Watson for Tua they are the dumbest franchise in the history of sports franchises. Tua melted away in big games for the Dolphins and he also looks to lack toughness. You don’t let another man take your job son without showing displeasure and he seemed to like it. Something not right there with Tua. But anyway Watson is 10x better and Houston needs to fix this relationship and fast.

  5. It would take Tua, two first rounders & a second rounder plus Watson reworking his deal with the Texans.

  6. I am from Chicago. Watson would not want a trade here. And I doubt it would be great for the Bears. Last great QB in Chicago was from the 40s.

  7. Yeah I don’t see Miami trading away Tua, unless internally they feel like they chose the wrong QB in the draft and regret not getting Herbert.

  8. If I was Miami, and he made it known that he would waive his “no-trade” clause to go to Miami, I would reach out to Houston to see what would it take to make it happen. I’m not giving up too much to make it happen…. I’ll give them one of our 1st round picks (not #3) and a maybe a 2nd or 3rd round pick, but that is it… Of course it would include Tua. I like Tua, but I like DeShaun more.

  9. Dolphins could easily trade that #3 to other teams with either a QB interest or even a team like the Bengals who at #6 might want the Oregon OT. If the Texans need to unload Watson because He wants out their best trade partner sure looks like Miami.

  10. You can’t put Tua and Watson in the same sentence. I’m 60 years old and can throw a ball further than Tua.
    It would have to the first overall pick +++ for Watson

  11. This would be the dumbest trade in Dolphins history! There’s no way that Watson is worth Tua by himself, let alone a Tua and another pick! Watson will be irrelevant in about five years at the most.

  12. Or Miami could draft a guy at 3, let him and tua duke it out .

    I always said this as bills fan and after Jim Kelly retired. Draft 1-2 qbs every year until you find your guy. I know that may not be feasible but Miami’ would lose any advantage they have in salary cap. They have no true 1 wr or rb.
    Josh Allen has proven that with the skill set and hard work you can become very very good. Does tua have the skill set or desire to be great?

  13. As a Dolphins fan, sorry I don’t want him at the price we’d need to pay in picks. Great player, but is he going to start agitating for a trade and blowing our team rebuild if we have a bad season or if Flores doesn’t stroke his ego? You can be sure no one will pay us similar picks to give him a third team.

  14. I would trade Cousins and our 1st without hesitation if it meant getting Watson. I’m a Kirk guy but Watson is so much better.

  15. The only teams that can afford to trade for Watson AND can give Houston a high enough draft pick, this year, to replace Watson, are

    Jaguars, Jets, Dolphins, Falcons, Bengals and maybe the Eagles.

    Of those teams, the only one that is good enough, with good ownership and head coach for Watson to want to go to….is the Dolphins.

    Watson knows that’s his only chance to get traded…and normally I’d say that nobody is dumb enough to trade Watson, but after seeing their moves over the last few years, including trading D-Hop, they might do it.

  16. Trading Watson is nuts unless you get the farm. Texans should have interviewed Bienemy to avoid offending Watson. The Texans GM should try some serious diplomacy reassuring Watson about the team’s future. If the bridge is irreconcilably broken then get the best multi draft pick/player package offered early as waiting allows bidders to learn you are stuck with a very disgruntled star.

  17. The Texans screwed up their relationship with Watson with that terrible Hopkins trade. Promising Watson a voice in the hiring process was an attempt to make things better. When they didn’t honor that promise, the Texans ensured Watson would want off the team. Good luck to them finding a comparably skilled QB in the next decade.

  18. Pay me 160 million and you can hire an armadillo in a top hat to run the team for all I care. It takes a special ego to bite that hand after feeding you a contract like that. If he’s truly a star he will with whoever the GM/HC is.

  19. face504 says:
    January 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm
    Come to the Saints to help build a Super Team! Why waste time is sorry Miami, haven’t you wasted enough time?
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    Super team? Good luck with that, the Saints are $95mil over the cap as it stands now, they’re going to have to decimate that team just to get down to the $176mil cap for 2021!

  20. While I agree players should not be able to force trades and not be able to help choose head coaches and GM’s. Watson has been screwed by an incompetent owner and former head coach and GM. The trades Bill O’Brien completed were ridiculous. They ruined any chances Watson could get to the playoffs in the next 3 years at the earliest. I would be furious that he was allowed to do those deals and give up the draft capitol he did. I honestly believe that the NFL should have blocked those trades. Bill O’Brien should have been fired on the spot for even going to the owner with the trades he did.

  21. packerfan99 says:
    January 10, 2021 at 1:37 pm
    Watson has been screwed by an incompetent owner and former head coach and GM. The trades Bill O’Brien completed were ridiculous. They ruined any chances Watson could get to the playoffs in the next 3 years at the earliest.

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    While I agree that the Hopkins deal was terrible, the deal for Tunsil was worth the cost, a franchise LT is worth the picks.

    Trading Clowney was worth it, he’s become terrible.

    The Texans won their division in 2018 and 2019 and in 2020, they lost 8 games by less than a touchdown, so what are you talking about?

  22. Of course Watson would like to go to Miami. An up and coming team, played great this year, and no state taxes. Dallas should do a sign and trade with Dak. Dak and a 3rd rounder this year, 3rd next year for Watson. Salaries will be fairly close, once Dak signs.

  23. Would Tua count as negative compensation? Seems like you’d need to send an extra second rounder just to dump him.

  24. Steve Cunningham says:
    January 10, 2021 at 1:33 pm
    face504 says:
    January 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm
    Come to the Saints to help build a Super Team! Why waste time is sorry Miami, haven’t you wasted enough time?
    ________________________________________

    Super team? Good luck with that, the Saints are $95mil over the cap as it stands now, they’re going to have to decimate that team just to get down to the $176mil cap for 2021!

    We won’t be paying the Drew Brees price tag when he retires. Plenty of money for that. Plus we’ve been in cap trouble for over 5 years now and Loomis always makes it happen!

  25. Russell to Texans for Watson & Watt, first round pick next year, second round pick this year.

    Okay, just thought I’d be as crazy as everyone else making suggestions or comments. Texans will keep Watson, for next season just based on CAP reasons. After next season, then maybe a move gets looked at if they haven’t repaired the relationship.

  26. He’s mad because they didnt hire a his guy…he wants to go to miami because the coach is a guy he can accept… has nothing to do with former new england guys..

  27. beachsidejames says:

    January 10, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Dolphins could easily trade that #3 to other teams with either a QB interest or even a team like the Bengals who at #6 might want the Oregon OT. If the Texans need to unload Watson because He wants out their best trade partner sure looks like Miami.
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    No one with interest in a qb is going to trade for the 3rd pick. Lawrence and Fields will both be gone and youd be overpaying for whatever qb they would reach for and teams know that.

  28. This is not happening, but fun for all to speculate. The Dolphins are in the driver’s seat, they have plenty of cash and 4 picks in the top 50. They are also in the first season of a rebuild around Tua. It really is a shame to see these comments about how Tua is a bust or melted away in big games. He is literally playing with scrubs, albeit evety once in a while Gesiski shows up or Devante Parker isn’t injured. How about playing behind all 5 linemen who are 2 newcombers and 3 rookies. These are not excuses they are facts. Yes, Herbert did well, but he was a plug-in-play for Rivers who had talent all around him. Also, I distinctly remember watching Josh Allen struggle in his first year until they finished the build around him. Tua might never be the best, he might not even be a Franchise QB, but he atleast deserves a chance. Yes, I was a Tannehill defender and excuse maker. My opinion proved right. If Mahomes was a Dolphin for the past few years he would be some teams backup right now.

  29. Would consider a trade to dolphins? Mad he doesn’t get to hire the coach and gm? Man having being a garbage time stat king really made him delusional.

  30. I don’t know what NFL scouts get paid but it’s way to much , Tua is a bust I could see that before he played one down in the NFL . Also Watson is not good enough to demand a trade he’s lucky to be a starting QB , there are a lot of bad QB’s in the NFL right now .

  31. Watson is as soft as they come! Team pays hom 100 million dollars, and he has hurt feelings.

  32. Its not the Patriots connection that bothers him..
    Dolphins have a GM and HC that have something in common with Bienemy and Watson himself…

  33. Would he consider a trade to San Francisco with Jimmy G and a few picks going back in return?

    Jimmy G is a NE guy. He clearly doesn’t like Shanahan’s system. Still a young player.

    Watson gets out of the New England ideology and to a contending team.

  34. Not happening he has zero leverage.This sint the NBA where you can just whine and get traded.

  35. Let’s say this is possible…. Before I make any trade with Houston, I would maximize my draft capital by trading with Cincy, because we know they need OL help and if we can swap the 3 for the 6th pick for some additional draft picks, we can still trade that 18th pick and maybe a second round, and a future 1st round pick, we still can pick up a #1 WR, with the 6th pick. But if they are looking for that #3 or #6 pick it is a deal breaker…. We are still in a rebuild, we need playmakers… Again, I am not giving up on Tua, but at this point nobody can argue that Watson isn’t a upgrade over him.

  36. Watson is in the top 6 or so QBs and will play at that level for a lot of years to come. If I’m the GM of a team with a lot of tradable assets and cap space, I’d be putting together a deal the Texans couldn’t refuse. Maybe the Dolphins are that team. They would have won their division with Watson at QB.

  37. The Dolphins are not going to give up that many high draft picks which when used correctly could allow them to build a Super Bowl team. This is a rhetorical question; Does anyone think that Troy Aikman was a great quarterback? No! He was a quarterback for a great team that was built through many high draft picks received by the Dallas Cowboys.

  38. Houston seems to have a huge communication problem.

    WHile I think that it was insane for them to tell him that he could have a say in the hiring of a GM and HC, if they told him that, they needed to follow through.

    Either way, they need to let Watson know their place for surrounding him with players that will protect him and give him targets. That team does not communicate well, at all.

  39. I just have to say, i think it’d be dumb to get rid of one of our high picks and a young qb under a rookie contract for a disgruntled Watson. That’s just me.

  40. i make 40 million a year and have issues with my bosses.
    .
    most of us have one of those problems

  41. Why is someone who has accomplished NOTHING in this league and is ridiculously overpaid dictating anything?

    I don’t care who he thinks should be his GM or the coach. Your job is to play.

  42. This is no way happening. Why do they report such garbage. Miami is not trading for him.
    This is how stupid rumors get started.

  43. A wild card in this race is a team like Seattle. They are at an organizational crossroads, with Wilson looking done and rumors of Schneider leaving.
    I can’t see them trading Wilson for Watson + a pick, but Seattle is known for making big moves.

  44. This is silly. No way Miami does this and no way Watson gets to engineer his own trade.

  45. Watson’s a baby, but for the record he’s not an employee, he’s an independent contractor.

  46. Well shucks if that’s the case I’d consider somebody giving me a cool million?
    If I was a team he would now be poison. He will get a team and they will say “he is our guy”. But you want MeShaun as a leader? Are his numbers garbage time stats? Why give up picks for him? The money he is owed is a whole heep. Fun to watch but y’all can keep him.

  47. As a Dolphins fan, I hope this doesn’t happen. How many times does a blockbuster trade lead to a SB championship? It’s rare. The only one I can think of is the trade by the 49ers to get the pick to select Jerry Rice. They’re just not worth it. Keep Tua and build around him. Stick to the plan.

  48. Do you really think a coach is going to want a QB who has never won anything, yet acts like he has 6 Lombardi trophies? What’s he going to demand once he gets to Miami? Lol. I don’t think so.

  49. The only reason he’s considering Miami is because they’re the only team with that type of draft collateral to make it happen. Maybe he should watch their last game and reconsider.

  50. finfanuk says:
    January 10, 2021 at 5:41 pm
    As a Dolphins fan, I hope this doesn’t happen. How many times does a blockbuster trade lead to a SB championship? It’s rare. The only one I can think of is the trade by the 49ers to get the pick to select Jerry Rice. They’re just not worth it. Keep Tua and build around him. Stick to the plan.
    ******************************
    Actually, the acquisition of Rice didn’t lead to a SB championship. The 49ers had already won 2 SB’s, and had gone 18-1 the year before drafting Rice. Even though the 49ers already had a dynasty going, they failed to win a single playoff game the first three years after acquiring Rice. So Rice joined the party, he didn’t bring the party. That’s important to note.

  51. Sooo….if the Fins trade for Watson, what happens if BOB becomes their offensive coordinator?

  52. Why give up on Tua and his affordable contract along with draft picks, to take on Watson and his big contract?

  53. finfanuk says:
    January 10, 2021 at 5:41 pm
    As a Dolphins fan, I hope this doesn’t happen. How many times does a blockbuster trade lead to a SB championship?

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Dallas won multiple Super Bowls after their blockbuster trade with Herschel Walker.
    Colorado won multiple Stanley Cups after their blockbuster trade with Philly for Lindros.

    It happens.

  54. The fins have capital to trade for Watson, sign JuJu and draft Devanta Smith at #3. Can you imagine a offense with Watson, Parker, Smith-Schuster and Smith. If they can find a decent running back, and another piece on the back end of their defense, they will win the AFC next year!

  55. Wow, sometimes it’s hard to tell if people commenting here are joking. Miami should give up on Tua after 10 games? That incredibly foolish. If an organization spends a #1 overall pick on a guy, it’s a gigantic waste of draft capital to get rid of that guy after one season. Plus – 9 starts? That’s what it takes for all the “experts” here to decide Tua is a “bust”? Nonsense. Countless HoF QBs had poor starts to their careers.

    Second: Watson isn’t a bad guy (quite the opposite). He’s not a trouble maker. Obviously the front office has poisoned that relationship, so he wants out. He has a right to ask for it – it doesn’t mean he gets to direct the deal, of course.

    In the NFL every guy has an ego and every guy is super-competitive – that competitiveness is what drives them to put in the work required to be an NFL player (and if they don’t put in the work they won’t be around long).

    Watson isn’t being a bad guy by voicing frustration with the Texans – they seem pretty rudderless with a clueless owner. If the front office promised him things then didn’t honor those promises, it’s the TEAM’s fault, not Watsons. That’s just an arrogant and stupid way to treat your franchise QB.

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