Four weeks left for a possible Deshaun Watson trade

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The window for trading Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (or anyone else) closes in four weeks. To make it as simple as possible, the Texans will either trade Watson to the Dolphins (or theoretically someone else) or they won’t, in the next 28 days.

The “someone else” remains unlikely, for now. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reiterated over the weekend that, if it happens, it’s happening with the Dolphins.

Still, as one source with knowledge of the situation recently explained it to PFT, there’s a lot of smoke but no fire — yet.

The fire could come at any time. The Dolphins, after winning in Week One, have lost three in a row. The quarterback with whom they cast their lot, Tua Tagovailoa, is currently injured. The quarterback on whom they passed, Justin Herbert, thrust himself onto the MVP short list last night.

It’s well known that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants Watson. It’s well known that the Dolphins have balked at the asking price. Given the team’s current performance, however, G.M. Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores currently may not be guaranteed to be employed when the time comes to use the draft picks they’ve stockpiled. Their best play to remain in place may be to pull the trigger on a Watson trade.

Time will tell. But not much time. Four weeks. It happens or it doesn’t by 4:00 p.m. ET on November 2.

18 responses to “Four weeks left for a possible Deshaun Watson trade

  1. The Texans should take what they can get at this point. Even if he settles all the cases, Watson may be suspended for who knows how long.

    But here’s another issue – if they get Watson, Miami is giving up on Tua, which means they wasted a first round pick on him (by the way, I don’t recall anyone screaming for Miami to take Herbert over Tua – that’s all hindsight is 20/20 nonsense) and will give up however many additional first rounders to get Watson.

    So how are they building their team? Which is really the main issue in Miami. Tua isn’t necessarily the problem, it’s that he’s not good enough to carry they team they currently have. That’s not his fault, that’s the team’s fault.

    Watson will be an expensive way to find out that the rest of the team isn’t good enough, even with him.

  2. Dolphins are getting desperate at 1-3 and with Tua hurt. They’ll probably give up those three firsts and two seconds at this point.

  3. Will that begin to clear this real estate in your head or does Deshaun get to continue staying rent free. This was overkill like 6 months ago

  4. Nobody is giving up three firsts given his legal situation. Come down on the asking price and maybe someone will bite.

  5. syndertheterrible says:
    October 5, 2021 at 10:04 am
    Nobody is giving up three firsts given his legal situation

    Nobody is giving three firsts in any situation

  6. I really don’t understand the attachment to draft picks over proven commodities. The draft picks are a lottery anyway, and sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get. It’s important to infuse talent into your team, but sometimes people look at the number of draft picks and think they are being fleeced. The Raiders had three first round draft picks a few years back and landed Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs and Jonathan Abram. If the Texans were willing to accept those three players for Deshaun Watson, would Oakland say “No, because they were all first round draft picks”. The Dolphins have worked to acquire all these first round picks, but they haven’t amounted to much. I would be willing to trade quite a bit for a Pro Bowl QB who is in the prime of his career.

  7. Giving up 3 1st rounders and 2 2nds is not going to happen. That is a ridiculous price for a player that doesn’t want to be on your roster. Miami would be crazy to entertain that silliness.
    Maybe 1 1st rounder and 1 2nd round pick and a player. Even that is a stretch. You can count one of those 1st as a wash as if you were drafting Watson. Then the rest is what you have to give up as juice.
    What’s to say he doesn’t pull the same trick in Miami?? Give Tua a chance and use those picks to trade for pro bowl OL

  8. The market for Watson is limited. Most teams are either locked into a QB contractually, or don’t want the scandal-ridden Watson as the face of their franchise.

    If I was Miami, I’d put my best offer- maybe Tua and a first, and leave it at that. Legal risks with Watson limit compensation. Texans can take it or leave it. Leaving it may well mean being stuck with a huge contract on a player that will never play another snap for you, and missing out on $10MM in cap savings this year.

  9. If I am the Dolphins I wait on Watson…too many unknowns. See what you have in Tua and possibly go all in on Rodgers if he is indeed traded in the offseason. 4-5 years of quality QB play.

  10. This would be a typical Dolphins move. The owner says he wants Watson while Tua is still on the roster, disgraceful. Draft OL before giving up picks or you will be in the same situation. This would be a PR nightmare for Miami, but then again it is the Dolphins.

  11. Texans should have activated him week 1 to force the NFL’s hand to suspend him…he’d be more valuable if he had 4 weeks of his suspension behind him…

  12. What happened Mike, take the day off yesterday? I was expecting this article at 430pm Sunday, you’re pretty predictable.

    The Dolphins will not become a playoff team overnight with Watson on this team, they will however destroy any chance of building the team in the future. Best case scenario is he survives the season, most probable outcome he ends up on IR bc the play calling and OL are horrendous. Dolphins have a lot of cap space going into next year and can hopefully grab some OTs, bringing in Watson blows that possibility and all the draft picks are gone. The Dolphins fleeced the Texans, why on earth would they want to get fleeced right back. Horrible idea.

  13. I could see trading Tua A FIRST round pick plus two conditional piks with an opt out in case Watson is convicted for the crimes he’s accused of.

  14. jmworacle says:
    October 5, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    I could see trading Tua A FIRST round pick plus two conditional piks with an opt out in case Watson is convicted for the crimes he’s accused of.


    Houston already said they don’t want Tua. Smarter play would be to give San Fran’s 1 next year to Detroit for Taylor Decker now, then use their huge cap money in the off-season to build a stout OL. Only after you have an OL should you worry about who the QB is

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