Dolphins on report owner wants Deshaun Watson: Stephen Ross “does not force football decisions”

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The Dolphins still have not come out and said they don’t want Deshaun Watson. They’re getting closer, but they still haven’t said it.

In response to our Tuesday report that owner Stephen Ross “really wants” to acquire the Texans quarterback, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweeted this: “Dolphins are pushing back on Mike Florio report that Steve Ross ‘really wants’ Deshaun Watson. Dolphins just now tell local reporters that Ross ‘does not force football decisions‘ and ‘believes in Tua.’ I believe that to be true; but it doesn’t make Florio’s report wrong, either.”

No owner “forces” football decisions. No owner has to. One of the privileges of being a multibillionaire owner of an NFL franchise, as we’ve said many times in the past, is being able to traffic in subtleties when it comes to personal preferences. Those who are employed by the multibillionaire and who hope to keep it that way will realize what the multibillionaire wants and act accordingly, without the owner ever having to issue a direct order.

Many believe the Dolphins drafted Tua because Ross wanted Tua. Likewise, they tried to trade up with the Bengals to get Joe Burrow because Ross absolutely wanted Burrow. Unless and until the Dolphins come out and say, “We do not want Watson, we are not interested in Watson, and we will not be pursuing a trade for Watson,” wiggle room exists for something to happen.

The fact that the Texans are carrying Watson on the 53-man roster for now means nothing. A trade can happen at any time before 4:00 p.m. ET on the Tuesday after Week Eight. At some point, however, it makes no sense for a new team to try to get him until 2022, since there isn’t much he’d be able to do to help the team win in 2021.

21 responses to “Dolphins on report owner wants Deshaun Watson: Stephen Ross “does not force football decisions”

  1. just because they do it subtlely doesn’t mean thy are not forcing the decision. I guess you think they have to be a raving lunatic screaming from the mountaintop to sign X player. Whemn your mom forced you to clean your room did she behave that way? Or maybe she said something more subtle like no dessert?

  2. As a Dolphins fan I don’t want Watson, they have to mortgage the future and they have to many needs to give up what he’s worth .Ride Tua, he can be really good.

  3. Mr. Ross wants Watson, and the Dolphins have more than enough Draft Capital to trade for him. I think it’s just a matter of time.

  4. The asking price by the Texans of 3 first round picks and 2 second round picks should be enough to realize the Dolphins will not trade for Deshaun Watson. Chris Grier and the Dolphins have built the draft capital to insure future success and I doubt they will just unload it to a very needy Houston Texan franchise.

  5. Flip flopping like a fish out of water. It’s amazing how these Dolphins reporters are blinded by there love for the team. These guys are all Dolphins fans and ex players who just tow the line. They need a few reporters who will actually call it how it’s is. What a bad look either way.

  6. Would seem to me that Texans would not want to assist in worsening any 2022 draft picks they could get in a Watson trade by improving said team by trading them Watson. No?

  7. Forget Watson sign Cam Newton! Tua is a nice kid but he’s not the answer. With Cam Newton this Dolphins team would win the division and end up in the Super Bowl.

  8. This is what bad owners and bad franchises do. They draft a first round QB then after barely giving him a chance they undermine his authority and confidence by talking about trading for other QBs.

    Congratulations, Miami, regardless of what Tua is or isn’t, you’ve just made him worse because now he knows that the team and ownership don’t have his back. This is just pure stupidity.

    And, just as a reminder, many MANY HoF QBs had very shaky starts to their NFL careers. It’s just that back in the day teams and fans didn’t abandon a young QB after half a season.

  9. cafetero1075 says:
    September 1, 2021 at 7:58 am
    As a Dolphins fan I don’t want Watson, they have to mortgage the future and they have to many needs to give up what he’s worth .Ride Tua, he can be really good.

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    I would have hoped you’re reasoning for not wanting Watson would have been a little different than mortgaging the future.

  10. AFW says:

    This is what bad owners and bad franchises do. They draft a first round QB then after barely giving him a chance they undermine his authority and confidence by talking about trading for other QBs.
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    Except that nobody from the team is actually talking about trading for other QBs.

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