Report: Dolphins have interest in a trade for Deshaun Watson

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A Miami Herald report a month ago indicated Deshaun Watson prefers a trade to the Jets over a trade to the Dolphins. That apparently hasn’t deterred the Dolphins from having interest in the star quarterback.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports the Dolphins “expect to be in the mix to acquire Watson if the Texans make him available (which they have not, to this point).”

Similar reports about the Broncos and Panthers having interest in Watson also contain the word “IF” the Texans are listening. The Texans not listening would not and should not preclude a team from making an offer that perhaps, maybe, possibly the Texans can’t refuse.

So if a team is interested, it should give the Texans a reason to listen.

Jackson adds “the Dolphins did not indicate what they believe their chances were or what they were willing to offer, but instead merely acknowledged the possibility of Miami acquiring him.”

None of this is surprising.

If the Texans acquiesce to Watson’s demand and start listening to offers, more than half of the teams in the NFL should have interest.

For now, Watson remains a member of the Texans.

For now, the Texans insist — publicly and privately — they have no interest in trading Watson. Who knows how this ends. But if the Texans do trade Watson, they will get the most out of a deal by completing a trade before the 2021 draft.

For now, Tua Tagovailoa is the Dolphins’ quarterback and the team is behind him as its quarterback of the future.

For now.

60 responses to “Report: Dolphins have interest in a trade for Deshaun Watson

  1. But, but, Tua is still the future right? Deshaun will just come on to do the throwing plays?

  2. All depends when Watson comes out asking for a trade. I think Miami will trade down from #3. If they acquire more picks they can keep some while still giving the Texans high picks. But no way do I want to see Miami trade all the draft capital to get Watson…only to have less cap space and no high picks to add to a pretty meh offense…

  3. finfanjim: Watson already said he wants to be traded and nothing to do with Houston so that has happened. He said Jets and Dolphins were his top choices. Problem is Houston has said no and it was reported they wanted 3 first rd picks, 3 second rd picks and a top defensive player IF they traded him.

  4. I say build the team around Tua. Let’s be honest. Say they do acquire Watson… With all the draft capital they’d have to give the Texans, and the money owed Watson they wouldn’t be able to upgrade the offense to the point that is clearly needed. It would be like he never left Houston, dude would be playing behind a subpar offensive line with receivers that can’t get any separation. Use those 4 picks in the first two rounds and get Tua some weapons!

  5. If the Texans acquiesce to Watson’s demand and start listening to offers, more than half of the teams in the NFL should have interest.

    +++

    I somehow believe this, too — but I question it. No sane person would give up three first round picks and more for one player, who, while dynamic, has had playmakers around him and still not been greatly successful on the NFL level. So far, great college player, big stat guy. Not sure I would trade the farm for him UNLESS my team was a player or two away.

    The 49ers? I could see that. but if they have to give up say, two first rounders and Nick Bosa, or two first rounders and Deebo Samuel, that’s too high a price, in my opinion. Which means nothing.

  6. As good as Watson is I wouldn’t trade the farm for him.If I were the Dolphins I’d stick with Tua and grow with him and then use all of their draft picks to build a great team around Tua .The Dolphins should use their first two picks on a great wide receiver and runningback.

  7. The third pick in the draft sets Miami apart from everyone else. That’s a guarantee at either Zach Wilson or Justin Fields for Houston if they want a fresh start.

    Miami has to decide whether they’d prefer to build around Tua, Devonta Smith, and more draft picks versus Deshaun Watson. It’s an honest debate.

    If the third pick is off the table, then this is an open bidding war between Carolina, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco and more. As a Bears fan, I know how desperate Ryan Pace is to save his job and I’d be hard pressed seeing another team outbid him for Watson with a package of picks and players.

  8. Miami has the means to trade for Watson. Perhaps 5 1st round pics and two players will entice the Texans to let go of Watson.

  9. How can an owner trust a guy who signed a huge contract months ago and now tells you he doesn’t want to play for the team that paid him? Give up all the players and draft picks for him and what happens if he changes his mind again a few months from now?

  10. I have no idea what Houston will do. However if i was making a trade i’d want a quarterback plus draft picks. Tua or Darnold seems the best options for quarterback AND picks.

  11. lol!!!

    I love it! Desperation city and Tua an outright bust after Grier just said “he is our qb”. Great work, you moron.

    They spent 237 mil last March and now think they can ditch picks after whiffing on Tua and others, while paying him 35 mil per? Someone check’s Grier’s college degree and see if it’s real. My goodness.

    These caps need to be watched closey by Goodell. I can see a lot of teams trying to get cute here with a flattened cap.

    We’re watching, Rogie. We’re watching.

  12. Everyone needs to remember that Watson has a no trade clause in his contract. The Texan’s can’t just trade him to the highest bidder. Watson has to agree to go to that team.
    As a Dolphins fan, I for one don’t want him! Let’s build around Tua, draft a WR (Devonte Smith) and a RB (Najee Harris) in the first round and then start adding OL and DL depth.

  13. If none of this is surprising, which it’s not, why was there an article bashing the four letter network for not giving more coverage to the Panthers having interest if hes made available as there was to the hypothetical(and very unlikely) of what they would offer…

  14. I wouldnt do it if I was Miamis GM. But hey of he does it and they win playoff games and possibly a SB no one will care about losing Tua and trading the farm for him.

  15. It’s no longer a question of “if” he gets traded. It’s now “with who”, and “how much”.

  16. 50 year Dolphin fan here. For once in a very long time, the Dolphins are in the cat bird seat. Ton of prime draft capital, cap room in a down year, an A level defense that can get even better, great young coach, and a young offensive line that has every indication of growing together. Last year, Tua had no preseason, no camp, and when he got in, no real weapons, Parker was hurt more than not, Gieski also went down, Williams was already out for the year, Grant dropped two long touchdown passes. Third string running backs… and Tua was still 6-3 as a starter. Herbert and Burrow had better stats… Herbert record (7-9)… Burrow (I think he was 1 -4 when he got hurt). Yes, I would rather have Watson if the price was reasonable. But giving up all of that draft capital for one guy is a recipe for disaster. Alex Smith took a big chunk of salary cap and then went down with a horrific injury. Giving up too much for Watson and then not having the draft to improve the receiver or running back situation won’t help get by the Bills and Chiefs. Or to roll the dice on one player versus 4 to 5+ premium picks and then have him go down would put them back years. They have four of the first 50 picks (including #3 and 18). They can trade down from three and get even more of the top 50. Tua is on a rookie contract and has played in very big games at the college level (and won). He scored 17 points in the second half (fourth quarter?)against the Chief and made it a game. 6 – 3 as a starter. Take Watson if the price is right… or roll with Tua and don’t look back.

  17. Tua – team guy
    Watson – me 1st guy

    Screw up your future on purpose if you want to but Tua will be the more dependable QB you can count on for better or worse… Watson will want out!

  18. I always thought the Dolphins were the team that will wind up landing Watson. Still feel that way.

  19. Watson probably wants to go to a good team that’s run by smart people, but a team run by smart people isn’t going to be interested in Watson. I understand he’d done with Houston, and I don’t blame him. He’s just going to have to be ok with whoever wants him. And if a team trades for Watson and gives away draft picks, they’re never going to win. Watson is a good kid, but he’s just not a good QB.

  20. Why on earth would the Dolphins give back the two firsts they got for Tunsil?? Makes zero sense, that…

  21. Why would they trade for him? They have a top four pick and can draft one of the top QBs coming out this year so why waste draft capital for a guy who has never won anything and will want to be involved in every decision your organization makes? I wouldn’t take Watson if you gave him to me. I can’t stand BB but I’m sure after what has went on this off-season he wouldn’t want him either.

  22. gjv001 says:
    February 20, 2021 at 6:20 pm
    Miami has the means to trade for Watson. Perhaps 5 1st round pics and two players will entice the Texans to let go of Watson.

    You can’t be serious – unless your Jack Easterby incognito

  23. This is Watson’s agent stirring the pot for his client who’s done nothing so far in his career. He’s so good he carried his team to 4 whole wins last year

  24. This is garbage and not going to happen. Why keep creating these rumors. Miami is not going to give the farm away for anyone !!
    Maybe the old Dolphins but not now.

  25. Unless it’s a ridiculous offer from an AFC Houston would absolutely have to trade him out of the Conference. The move here would be Watson to San Francisco & the release of Jimmy G.

    SF 2021 #1 & #3
    SF 2022 #1 & #3

    And take it to the bank JJ Watt to Green Bay. Dude balled out at Wisconsin, has a home in Wisconsin, will want to sign with a contender, & it will appease Rodgers in signing a difference-maker for 1-2 more seasons.

  26. @ letsgetbacktofootball,

    More like 4-3 as a starter once you take off the 2 wins Fitz had to pull out at the end of those games for Miami!

    BTW Fitz was winning with those same “NO WEAPONS”! Tua = overrated I don’t see him being more than a mediocre QB in the NFL. It’s been 52yrs and counting since a franchise QB came out of Bama. But maybe that’ll all change this year with Mac Jones, if I were the Dolphins I’d draft him and have a QB competition and then trade which ever one lost, someone would give a nice draft pick for them close to the trade deadline because QBs will be hurt by that time, probably get a 1st and a good player to boot.

    Before you say “NO WAY” remember this “desperate teams do stupid things” especially for a QB!

  27. Miami certainly has the capital and if what reported is true (Carolina has great interest) it would appear that Houston is in the driver’s seat. With two teams, at least, interested the reward to Houston could be out of sight. If Miami is truly interest they should strike quick.

  28. Jason Harshman:

    Deshaun has covertly made his stance. It is not a public request…yet. What has been reported is all “sources” and until he comes out with his demands publicly, everything stays a guessing game.

  29. Jimmy G of course lands back in New England after SF cuts him & Mac Jones sits for a season & a half…Derek Carr is landing in Houston but for what I don’t know maybe a 2022 #1 & a player…..FA Brissett to Philadelphia…..Darnold & 2021 #4 to Chicago for a 2021 #2 & Foles & Foles back’s up Fields…FA Trubisky lands in Seattle…..FA Dalton to Washington…..FA Cam Newton to Denver….Fitzpatrick BACK to Buffalo….Trevor Lawrence back’ed up by Minshew….Zac Wilson sits for 1 season behind Bridgewater…..

  30. I realize Tua is a total bust but I think Watson ends up in San Francisco.

    Bosa and two firsts should get it done.

  31. First I think the Texans are just posturing behinds the scene wanting a boat load of first, second and third round draft picks. That’s standard operating procedures in a case like this. When it comes down to in, the Texans are going to want a young, up and QB or a draft pick which guarantees one. The Jets and Miami qualify on both. In that case it comes down to the number of draft picks either team is willing to give up. Next you have the ’49ers and the Broncos whose QB’s aren’t quite as good or may not have draft capital Houston wants to swing a trade. The you can trade unhappy QBs with between Houston and Seattle. It’s a disaster to start your season with a QB who wants to be traded. You don’t know his mindset or how he will play. If I was Houston, I would want to trade that guy before the draft and before the players gather for informal workouts. Houston is a total disaster. You need to start building team chemistry from the start. The longer the trade takes, the more potential damage it does to the Texans. Just my opinion. When it comes to the Texans, nobody is sure about anything concerning the team.

  32. The Dolphins would get a better price for Russell Wilson. I’d go that route. Tua can back him up. We don’t need to give Houston their picks back. 🙂

  33. I still say if a trade does happen it will be with an NFC team. The two that jump out are the 49 ER’S and the Saints. Both have teams in place just like Tampa did and all they need is someone to take them to the Super Bowl.

  34. Miami is close to being a SB contender. They probably have the draft capital to make the move, so in my view, they should try.

    People always comment about how draft picks are so valuable. They’re only valuable after you draft players that pan out. Many picks don’t–even first rounders. Watson is a sure thing. A top 5 QB in the league headed into the prime of his career. How often does one of those become available?

    Do it!

  35. Watson would have to go scorched earth to leave Houston. Even if he does, he ends up in the NFC.

    As for Miami, I hope they learned from the Josh Rosen fiasco…All that glitters is not gold…

  36. Top 10 draft picks are supposed to help make bad teams better. If Miami is already giving up on Tua (which they SHOULD NOT – you can hardly judge a QB on what he’s done so far) then why should anyone trust the front office to make a blockbuster trade for another QB less than a year after they drafted him?

    Tua was their guy, right? If they now want someone else then they’re just not competent and shouldn’t have taken Tua in the first place.

    This is probably just a rumor being floated by Watson’s agent.

  37. I agree with the poster who is a 50 year fan of the Dolphins; I myself go back to 1970 and onward, so a bit more than 50 years, and live in New England and always have mostly, so you know the grief I have taken over the years, especially since 2001 or so. Anyway, the Dolphins are in great shape; they had a 10-6 record with a very very good defense and special teams unit, and they somehow end up with the #3 and #18 picks in the 1st round! How often does that happen – not very I can tell you that. So, they need to continue to build through the draft and keep some cap space available at all times, that is how perennial playoff teams do it. Now I will say teams which are perennial playoff teams usually also have an elite QB, but just having an elite QB does not always work (see Houston, Detroit, etc.) We have a QB who at least deserves another year or two to develop, he certainly has the pedigree to become an elite NFL QB, and he is on his rookie deal! Watson is great for sure, but his cap hit goes to over $40 million in a couple of years, and so you give up the farm for him and you will not be able to make adjustments and add players you need year after year, and you have to hope you draft almost perfectly with no cap space. The NFL is tough, and you need to do it right via draft, free agents, and have good coaching, and the Dolphins would be making the same mistake many other teams have made, trying to make a one or two year run at a championship, but that window will close quickly if they trade for Watson. I say it is Tua time!

  38. Preferring the New Jersey Jets over Dolphins has nothing to do with winning, it’s all about endorsement money.

  39. Miami should have never took Tua at #1. Alabama QB’s always have great talent around them. They enter the NFL become career backups. Go back to Broadway Joe and see how many were franchise QB. Then count all the great Bama teams since then.

  40. I like Watson but, he hasn’t won a thing yet. If the price is “resonable” take a shot on the upgrade. But don’t empty the piggy bank for one player. Football is still a team sport and requires talent accross the entire roster

  41. There were no trades in the top 7 last year. Everybody wants their team to trade down for more picks but somebody has to want to trade up and surrender a ton of compensation. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Even if Miami wants to trade down they surely have their eye on a player who may not be there later.

  42. teams better. If Miami is already giving up on Tua (which they SHOULD NOT – you can hardly judge a QB on what he’s done so far) then why should anyone trust the front office to make a blockbuster trade for another QB less than a year after they drafted him?

    Tua was their guy, right? If they now want someone else then they’re just not competent and shouldn’t have taken Tua in the first place.

    This is probably just a rumor being floated by Watson’s agent.

    Agree. Josh Allen is proof that a QB can get a lot better. Does tua have the same skills or work ethic to get better and desire to be great?

    Idk but if they are looking at another qb my guess that they don’t think so

  43. You won’t win a Super Bowl without a top 10 QB. There is no indication that Tua will ever be a top 10 QB. He doesn’t move in the pocket. He doesn’t throw downfield. Watson is a top 5 QB right now, so the smart move for the Dolphins (if they ever want to get to a Super Bowl) is to trade for Watson.

  44. Miami will ONLY make a trade if Davonta Smith is gone. They are taking him at #3 if he is there. People simply think “Draft a QB! Draft a QB!”. There needs to be talent around the QB to have any success. Trading the draft to get Watson will put them right back where they were. I’d rather see what Tua can do with a couple of play makers, than see Watson with ZERO speed or game breakers on offense. Miami has no O-Line, their running game is a joke (Which Flores refuses to address) and their receivers are mediocre at best. I am not saying Watson is a bad QB, but it literally would do Miami no good. They have started to build on things and need to stay on that path. I also believe Watson goes nowhere.

  45. charliecharger says:
    February 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    Watson probably wants to go to a good team that’s run by smart people, but a team run by smart people isn’t going to be interested in Watson. I understand he’d done with Houston, and I don’t blame him. He’s just going to have to be ok with whoever wants him. And if a team trades for Watson and gives away draft picks, they’re never going to win. Watson is a good kid, but he’s just not a good QB.
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    Watson is not a good QB? Never mind that he just led the league in passing yards and yards per attempt. 33 TDs vs 7 INTs is the hallmark of someone who is not very good, right? He has also made the Pro Bowl three out of the four seasons he has been in the league. He wasn’t selected his rookie year where he only started six games. I’m sure you also think Mahommes is not a good QB either, since Watson had a higher completion percentage and QB rating.

  46. Preferring the Jets to the Dolphins is yet another indication that winning isn’t Watson’s first priority. Oh, and just a reminder, DeShaun Watson signed a $156 million contract with the Texans just 168 DAYS ago.

  47. The only teams that should be interested in Watson are teams that look ready to challenge for the super bowl. Miami, Denver, and Carolina don’t strike me as that kind of team. Watson will make them better, but the loss of draft capital and players will make it harder for them to win a superbowl. Three teams come to my mind that should make the deal – Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New Orleans. Both Pittsburgh and New Orleans are losing their QBs and replacing them with Watson would keep the train rolling. Cleveland could be the perfect candidate; adding Watson to that roster would probably put them right there with KC and Buffalo, and not the step below they are now. They could move Mayfield in a separate deal to a third team to recoup some draft capital.

  48. Jason Harshman says:
    February 20, 2021 at 5:55 pm
    finfanjim: Watson already said he wants to be traded and nothing to do with Houston so that has happened. He said Jets and Dolphins were his top choices. Problem is Houston has said no and it was reported they wanted 3 first rd picks, 3 second rd picks and a top defensive player IF they traded him.
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    You can want whetever you choose but the fact is a player is ONLY worth what the highest bidder is willing to give for them and there’s no way in heel the Texans are getting three 1st rounders and three 2nd rounders, they may get a high 1st(Miami’s #3 overall), two 2nd and a player especially with the cap space Watson is going to cost them in a couple of years, his cap number is more than reasonable for 2021 but then it jumps to an average of $40mil/yr for three seasons from 2022-24.

    Again for the third time in one year we’re seeing the after effects of signing a QB to a HUGE extension way too early and how it really can turn super bad super fast! Goff, Wentz and Watson, I’d never give a QB coming off of his rookie contract a huge deal before I absolutely had to. And what Watson pulled just 4-5mos after signing that HUGE contract has to make some teams pause, what if he doesn’t like it there or you do something to PO him, is he going to want traded again in a year or two?

  49. Miami should turn away from the hanging fruit not happy in Houston how soon before he is not happy in Miami? Not worth the price. Bill

  50. Watson is among the top 7 QBs in the NFL. People who claim “he hasn’t done anything” apparently don’t follow the NFL too closely. Guys like Watson don’t become available very often. Any team with the resources and without a top 12 QB in house would be foolish not to think seriously about acquiring Watson. The Jets and Dolphins have the resources and don’t have the QB. Fitzpatrick has shown that even a so-so QB could move the Dolphins offense. Watson would do wonders in Miami. If the Dolphins sign him, they instantly challenge the Bills for the AFC East title–I’d even say they’d be the favorites.

  51. Giving up tons a draft capital and players for one guy just doesn’t sound like something Chris Grier and Brain Flores would do. Houston was 4-12 last year and scored less points than Miami, so what does that say? One player can’t make a difference on a bad team, ask old school Miami Dolphin fans about Dan Marino. You need a complete team and that gets done through good drafts and saavy free agent pickups. Also, how can you judge a player’s future career based on 9 games and no offseason?

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