Report: Dolphins emerge as favorites for Deshaun Watson trade

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The chatter is building indeed.

In the aftermath of our report that talk is mounting in league circles that the Texans could be trading quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Panthers or the Dolphins, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dolphins have emerged as the frontrunner.

Citing an unnamed team that dropped out of trade talks, Robinson reports that the Texans still want three first-round picks and two second-round selections for Watson.

Robinson adds that teams are seeking protection against the possibility that Watson will miss time due to the 22 civil lawsuits pending against him or the 10 criminal complaints. Previously, the thinking was that no team would give the Texans what they want until, at a minimum, the criminal allegations are resolved favorably to Watson. Conditional picks based on available make the most sense.

Yes, the off-field accusations are serious and should be treated that way. But football always moves on. Watson is one of the best players in the sport, and he will play again. The only questions at this point are when and for whom. With, per Robinson, the Panthers, Eagles, and Broncos out, the Dolphins could be in.

Houston’s only leverage at this point, if a single team is negotiating for Watson, would be to keep him on the roster until March, when more teams would surely be at the table — especially if there’s greater certainty as to his legal entanglement. They’d surely get a better package in six and a half months than they’ll get now. However, it will cost them $10.54 million to have Watson on the roster this season.

72 responses to “Report: Dolphins emerge as favorites for Deshaun Watson trade

  1. I’m confused. All you heard from the Dolphins and their fans that Tua was the next Marino. How soon that lasted.

  2. Time will show- 6th round pick for Minshew, better than the heist the Texans are trying to get for Watson. Minshew will be starting by mid season and lead eagles to playoffs on his rookie deal. Where will Watson be?

  3. Tua has progressed nicely this preseason, and the Fish get to keep their draft picks. If they mortgage the next couple of drafts for Watson, they deserve whatever happens to them.

  4. Why? Just roll with what you have and use the picks you have to build and or use the picks for Rodgers next year. This is such a wild card.

  5. Three first rounders, and two second rounders??? With all of the legal stuff looming over his head?? Are you nuts???

  6. Tua proved last year that he isn’t a NFL starter. He should be able to have a career as a backup. Do not ever buy into preseason if understand how it works. No teams game plan and before kickoff the coaches discuss what they want to work on. They all run vanilla offenses and defences. There are no shifts so what you see presnap is what you get. In the regular season when the show a presnap defence then shift just before the snap Tua can’t kerp up. Watson isn’t the answer either as he is a product of media bias. His numbers are all late game trailing when defences give up yards yo kill time.

  7. Watson isn’t worth anything if he can’t play. Any picks would have to be conditional and why in heaven would Miami give up so much and so soon on tua.

  8. Tua proved last year that he isn’t a NFL starter. He should be able to have a career as a backup. Do not ever buy into preseason if understand how it works. No teams game plan and before kickoff the coaches discuss what they want to work on. They all run vanilla offenses and defences. There are no shifts so what you see presnap is what you get. In the regular season when the show a presnap defence then shift just before the snap Tua can’t kerp up. Watson isn’t the answer either as he is a product of media bias. His numbers are all late game trailing when defences give up yards yo kill time.

  9. Tua is a class act. A winner, with his whole career in front of him. If the Dolphins sell the farm for Deshaun Watson they deserve what they are going to get.

  10. The Dolphins have far too much invested in Tua including building the entire offense around him. Not sure what the reasoning is behind any of these articles tying Watson to Miami.

    They have said repeatedly that Tua is their guy and have never waivered from that stance.

  11. lol!!!!

    All we heard about was Tua this and that and now you will take on a serial abuser headed to court at 40 mil per?

  12. I’m reasonably sure this wouldn’t have been allowed to play out this way if it was the Patriots or the Saints who had Watson on their roster.

  13. Well if the Fins have such a high consideration of Watson, and conversely such a low appreciation of Tua, to accept such a deal, they might at least try to trim the 2 second rounders in exchange for Tua, or get a 1st rounder with another team.

  14. Nobody should pay a heist for Watson until his legal and criminal issues are resolved. Texans are the most inept franchise in the league

  15. The Dolphins are in dire need of a personnel evaluator. First Tua, and now Watson? Tua was a bad QB in college. Even good college QB’s don’t all become great pro QB’s, but bad college QB’s have never turned into good pro’s. Watson was a good college QB because it’s an entirely different game, but he’s never learned how to play NFL QB. He’s never been able to make plays from the pocket when the original play wasn’t open. You can tuck and run, but you can’t win like that. NFL quarterbacking is 95% mental. College quarterbacking is 95% physical.

  16. As a Phins fan, I am ready to vomit. This is going to curse us worse than passing on Brees.

  17. The problem with keeping him till March is that the Texans are assuming the situation will NOT get worse, Huge gamble.
    I would trade him now and ask for two number 1’s and a #2 and conditional picks based on the outcome of his availability/legal problems. The Texans need to trade him and move on to the future.

  18. The Texans shouldn’t be offering any conditions. They are giving up a proven franchise altering quarterback and taking a $68 million cap hit. The team that acquires Deshaun gets him at team friendly annual salaries that will not hinder them from signing other players. Texans–stay strong.

  19. Totally worth the risk. Only 25 yrs old so even after serving time fans will definitely forget after five straight playoff runs. Save me the hypocrisy.

  20. Mac Jones and Tua will be competing against each other for 3rd string positions in the league in 2 years

  21. Plenty of massage parlors in Miami.
    If I was TUA I would demand to be traded to Jacksonville

  22. If a QB like Josh Allen was facing identical allegations as Watson, you would hear non stop wailing by the likes of Stephen A Smith, jemele hill, Michael Wilbon, bomani Jones etc about why isn’t he suspended yet? Why is he allowed to be in the league etc etc etc. Yet completely silent about it when it’s a QB like Watson.

  23. charliecharger says:
    August 28, 2021 at 4:07 pm
    The Dolphins are in dire need of a personnel evaluator. First Tua, and now Watson? Tua was a bad QB in college. Even good college QB’s don’t all become great pro QB’s, but bad college QB’s have never turned into good pro’s. Watson was a good college QB because it’s an entirely different game, but he’s never learned how to play NFL QB. He’s never been able to make plays from the pocket when the original play wasn’t open. You can tuck and run, but you can’t win like that. NFL quarterbacking is 95% mental. College quarterbacking is 95% physical.

    What are you talking about? Deshaun Watson was ranked # 1 in passing yards in 2020 with 4,823 and only second to Mahomes in QB rating. Not Brady or Rodgers. He happens to play for a poorly run franchise. Save me the from the pocket drama. That’s the only way you rank first in passing yard. From the pocket. When you have Antonio Brown as your 4th receiver option like Tom Brady does it turns into championships. Of
    course you go all in on a trade for this guy.

  24. I like how you say he will play again definitely when you’re neither a lawyer nor a judge period 10 criminal complaints and all this other stuff It means he may never play again another down in his life. Unless of course it’s a semi-tough but I think they did that already didn’t they with Adam Sandler

  25. thurmanmerman says:
    August 28, 2021 at 4:24 pm
    Mac Jones and Tua will be competing against each other for 3rd string positions in the league in 2 years

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    At least those guys have potential….unlike Carson Wentz who has already proved to be a bust of epic proportions

  26. gotchangeforadollar says:
    August 28, 2021 at 4:07 pm
    If true, then AFC East is about to become a bloodbath.

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    Kraft and BB just simply smiling from afar.

  27. billzondarise says:
    August 28, 2021 at 3:45 pm
    I guess this brand of Tua isn’t exactly Dolphin Safe.

    40 13 Rate This

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    Post of the year. Thanks for the laugh.

  28. Houston has played this about as poorly as possible. Would only be mildly surprised to see Miami get Tunsil back with Watson for Tua and a couple of the first rounders Miami got…from trading Tunsil.

  29. Such nonsense, always a source with no name attached to it.
    Miami is not trading for Watson.
    Silly garbage

  30. Is Tua the better more likeable person? Yes Is he the better QB? No. Is he a top 5 QB? No. Is Watson a top 5 QB? Yes. Now, if your the Dolphins and you have a chance to get that elite young QB what do you do? Go get him.

  31. And now Tua is the one who gets screwed. Unless perhaps he is part of the deal….although going from starter to #2 on the Dolphins might be better than starting for the Texans.

  32. like a bad tin of tuna or do they really not like Tua that much ???? …. in any case this does not smell right n think Carolina will be the destination due to the owner wanting a good QB come hell or high water.

  33. If this happens, Dallas won’t be the only Texas team to have fleeced another team and then build up their team with draft picks (assuming they don’t blow them).

  34. trollingforjustice says:
    August 28, 2021 at 4:25 pm
    Plenty of massage parlors in Miami.
    If I was TUA I would demand to be traded to Jacksonville

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  35. It’s crazy no doubt. So many questions. Here’s one. Can the Fins beat out the Bills for the division with Tua? If the answer is no then what’s the point. Can they do it with Watson? Not sure but the chance of that happening go up considerably. To beat Josh Allen in a meaningful game your going to have to put big #’s on the board or play the perfect game to keep him off the field. Can Tua do that? I’m guessing the Vegas odds of that happening on a consistent basis would be low. As much as I like Tua, If the Fins get the chance to get Watson they must do it.

  36. How exactly would front office people remain employed if they gave up on a top 5 pick that quickly? And how many ways could this go terribly wrong for them? Imagine Watson ends up with a lengthy suspension only to have Tua take off over that span leaving them with a PR nightmare they know longer need but who they gave up tons of draft picks for and are paying top dollar.

  37. @ thurmanmerman….c`mon dude, watson has taken his share of grief. it wouldn’t be any different if it was a white quarterback (thats what you meant right ?) jesus christ, its 2021. do people still think like that in regard to black qb`s v white qb`s ? or maybe its a larger issue with you ?

  38. I just don’t understand why any team would take on the mess that will accompany Watson,or why they would agree to what Houston wants for him. It would be an insane move,but this is the NFL,where just about anything is possible.

  39. beachsidejames says:
    Can the Fins beat out the Bills for the division with Tua? If the answer is no then what’s the point. Can they do it with Watson? 
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    Well he beat Allen in the Playoffs as QB for the Texans….who has the better team overall? Texans or Dolphins?

    Yeah, I think the team on the rise is Miami…. but no way do you give away that much for a guy who is obviously done with his current team.

  40. If this report is legit Miami sure gave up on Tua pretty fast. Dont get me wrong Watson is far better than Tua, but given Watsons current situation and the asking price I dont know why Miami is even interested. And if the Texans wont come down on the price and the deal never happens you cant put the toothpaste back in the tube as if it never happened.

    Im not so sure Houston is going to take much less if any. Theyve made so many bad moves, trading players for poor value and have been beaten relentlessly for it I can see them standing pat on this one in their final attempt to make someone else blink first.

  41. This would be a typical Fores move. always wanting what someone else has, even when it means giving away talent you already have. (Tunsil, M. Fitzpatrick et al.) Though Watson seems to be the “High Character” player that Flores says he wants on the team.

  42. mogogo1 says:
    August 28, 2021 at 6:56 pm
    How exactly would front office people remain employed if they gave up on a top 5 pick that quickly?
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    It’s not like the old days. Teams are much much more willing to move on when they realize that things aren’t working. Josh Rosen (1 year) Sam Darnold (3 years), Haskins etc etc. Teams go no longer sit around for 4-5 years waiting for a qB to develop.

  43. “Teams are much much more willing to move on when they realize that things aren’t working. Josh Rosen (1 year) Sam Darnold (3 years), Haskins etc etc.”
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    True to a point but Haskins and Rosen were not top 5 picks plus Haskins wouldn’t listen to the coaches. Darnold WAS a top 5 pick but 3 seasons is a lot longer than 1 and he looks poised to bounce back big time making the Jets look like fools.

  44. Considering the punishments the NFL has dished out for so much less I’m amazed that Watson is free and clear to play and be traded, etc.

  45. Three first-round picks and two second-round selections for a guy who could be in jail soon and at the least will probably end up with a mandated vacation of at least half a season? You would have to be insane to even think about it. Oh wait, it’s the Dolphins.

  46. beachsidejames says:
    Can the Fins beat out the Bills for the division with Tua? If the answer is no then what’s the point. Can they do it with Watson?
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    The fried fish couldn’t beat the Jets for the division with Tua. But then again, a player with Watson’s character and integrity would fit in perfectly in Miami.

  47. alleycat702 says:
    August 28, 2021 at 5:25 pm
    I thought Dolphins were mammals, not fish.
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    Fried catfish

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