Can Texans, Dolphins land the plane on a Deshaun Watson trade?

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In four days, the window on all trades closes until March 16. Will the Texans, before 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, trade quarterback Deshaun Watson?

The Dolphins have become the focal point of trade talks, with Watson choosing to waive his no-trade clause only for Miami. (The Panthers had been a possibility, even if they’ve been putting out the word that they never were.) At this point, barring something entirely unexpected, it will be the Dolphins or no one.

So here’s the question, and it’s a fair one to ponder at this point. Will the two sides be able to land the plane?

There’s an art to making a trade like this happen. At some point, both teams have to agree to terms. Both teams must turn the key. Both teams must make the appropriate communication to the league office.

Remember when the Bengals tried to trade A.J. McCarron to the Browns and it didn’t happen? All it takes is one accident (or “accident”) to block a final deal. A dash of dysfunction from either side can prevent consummation, even if everyone involved wanted to make it happen.

In this case, the Texans want to trade Watson. Watson wants to be traded to Miami. And Miami wants Watson. But that’s not enough to get things done.

At this point, there’s no reason to do it today or tomorrow. (Watch, they’ll now do it today or tomorrow.) As the Texans prepare to face the Rams and the Dolphins prepare to travel to Buffalo for a game against the Bills, neither team needs the distraction.

From Houston’s perspective, there’s another reason to delay finalizing the trade until the deadline. With the Texans playing the Dolphins in Week Nine, the later the deal gets done the less of an opportunity Watson will have to be ready to make his debut against his former team.

Both franchises have made plenty of missteps in recent years. While they managed to accomplish the Laremy Tunsil trade in September 2019, the Texans have new management. Whoever is calling the shots for the Texans needs to get on the phone with whoever is calling the shots in Miami, strike a deal, and check all necessary boxes required to finalize the transaction.

They have four days to make it happen.

42 responses to “Can Texans, Dolphins land the plane on a Deshaun Watson trade?

  1. But after telling us all season a deal wasnt likely til the offseason(which is common sense) you tried to say it was LIKELY Watson would be traded just recently because that was the new rumor. Smh just going whatever way the wind blows I see.

  2. Does anybody think the league will let Watson play with all the junk going on in his legal life? I would never trade any assets for the guy. Not at the moment.

  3. Sounds unlikely to happen by this deadline at this point. League sources have indicated Watson won’t be placed on commissioner’s exempt list yet Flores said “Tua is our QB for the rest of 2021”. That seems to settle it until next year, if it happens at all.

  4. Even as a Pats fan I hope the Fins aren’t stupid enough to cripple their future by giving up 3 first rounds and more for Watson. He’s an excellent player but they need those picks to fill other holes on the roster and having Watson and a lot of weak portions of the roster will accomplish little.

  5. Why is there still any talk about a trade during this season for Watson. I can’t imagine a scenario where he plays this season. The 22 civil cases and 10 criminal investigations are NOT going to suddenly disappear over the next 4 months let alone the next 3 DAYS.

    Even at a great discount that included a package of picks that only included one first rounder, the Dolphins would crazy to do that for a player that is NOT going to get on the field this season.

    Any Watson deal needs to be done only AFTER the league makes its final decision on his availability. Hopefully that will come in the off season and THEN he can be traded, not before

  6. If you combine the Dolphins, Texans, Tua, and Watson, you get four non-winners. I don’t really carte how it all shakes out. Those two teams will continue to lose.

  7. This does not seem like it’s going to happen. Let Tua play out the year and re-visit if needed in the offseason.

  8. The only reason he’s not on the exempt list is because they know the Texans wont play him. That can of worms gets opened up if he gets traded to a team that will, I’m pretty sure that Goodell is hoping he stays in Houston.

  9. Unless they can get him on the cheap, I don’t see how this trade would benefit Miami. No guarantee he’s eligible to play? Why give up a Kings ransom now, when they can wait to see if he’s guilty of, or financially responsible for being a dirt bag. But then again… it’s Miami.

  10. Local polls on Sports Radio and Local newspapers in Miami do not want that plane to land in here.

  11. Its never been more humiliating to be a Dolphins fan, this ownership group is one of the worst all-time in all professional sports.

  12. As the Texans prepare to face the Rams and the Dolphins prepare to travel to Buffalo for a game against the Bills, neither team needs the distraction.

    Why not? They’re both going to get killed on Sunday.

  13. Compensation. Miami is smart bout contracts that is for sure. There will be some particular what ifs. Like if he gets to play as soon as hes traded then houston would get compensated for it. If he doesnt get to play then Houston doesnt get compensated for it. Fact is Houston botched his contract as they do with alot of players there. Miami is going to have to pay his screwed up contract baring a renegotiation. So I can see Miami giving up a couple of picks and a player not named tua. But it’s not going to be for all these number 1’s Miami will get this done. I e been saying it all along the way it is ultimately Watsons decision . Not the Texans not the media where he Mr. Watson decides to go.

  14. This isn’t about landing one plane. there’s Watson’s legal issues that have to land. There’s the commissioner’s suspension issue to be landed.heck you don’t need a pilot to land this deal, you need an air traffic controller!

  15. A trade will get done. Houston doesnt want to keep paying Watson not to play. They will find common ground. If they dont then Watson and Houston can continue there soap opera to far into offseason.

  16. How does anybody reasonably expect this deal to happen ????

    This is football… I have never heard of a “player to be named later” deal in football…

    If anything other than conditional draft picks are being traded… there is no way this deal gets done..

  17. If the Dolphins were competing or even somewhere near .500, the trade would make sense to get them over the top. They’re 1-6. What’s the difference between them and the 4-12 Texans teams that Watson was not getting over the top either? Save your picks and build a better roster before you covet the quick fix.

  18. This is not happening. No, the Phins are not going to trade for him They love Tua and the coach has said so many times and the owner as well, they already have a QB

  19. The Texans will not trade Watson until the season is over, but will trade him before the next draft.

    The only way the Texans trade Watson now, is if the Phins blink, and give the Texans what they want.

    Why?

    Time is on the Texans side. Watson legal issues may be over by April 2022! Teams would know what punishment Watson will receive.

    WFT, Giants, Eagles, Falcons, Saints, Lions, Phins, Colts, Steelers, Browns, Broncos, and maybe the Packer, Bucs, depending on what Rogers and Brady do, could / should also be in the mix for a trade.

    The more teams in the mix, the more the Texans will get, and they know that is the best way for them to get the best return for Watson.

  20. Trading for Watson is irresponsible, regardless of our opinions about his situation. Until his availability is determined, it’s impossible to determine his value. Any GM that makes this trade should be fired for simultaneously making a massive PR blunder as well as an uninformed football decision.

  21. “Can Texans, Dolphins land the plane on a Deshaun Watson trade?”

    It’s hard to land the plane when one of the passengers thinks he’s the pilot and keep trying to grab the controls.

  22. If the Texans want to trade Watson, they should play him on Sunday so the Dolphins can see he’s not suspended. Make the NFL make a decision on his eligibility to play.

  23. 3 1st round picks, like the Texans want. But they’re conditional, based on how many games Watson misses. If he doesn’t miss any games, Texans get all 3 picks. If he never plays again, Dolphins don’t lose any picks. Everything else is somewhat in between.

  24. Watson will only waive his no trade clause for Miami, what??????
    This guy wants out soo bad that he’s only willing to go to one team???
    Texans should’ve put him on suspension for no pay for conduct detrimental to the team and then wait until his legal issues subside.

  25. Houston is praying for this deal to go down; Miami leadership should have their heads examined if they do this. Why would you even want this guy in your mix, given the nature of his legal issues? How would Miami’s female fans (you know, the demographic group so important to the NFL) react to a trade for this lowlife?

  26. The Dolphins don’t even have a 2022 first round pick. That means the Texans wouldn’t get any return on the deal until 2023!

  27. Since the league will not do anything about Watson unless and untilthere are some actual charges against him, any trade would have to have clauses for dealing with a possible long-term suspension.

    Will the Dolphins offer a king’s ransom, but with the clause that if Watson is suspended that some of the draft picks get rescinded? Without some safety clause, the Dolphins could trade for Watson and then lose him for a year or more.

  28. I fee bad got FLO. When he got to Miami, I thought he would help bring that franchise back from morbidity. He was a great defensive coach and leader for us.

    To me, I feel like ROSS wants Watson to line his back pockets with money. Instead of saying we screwed up with T’ua, and looking for the future, Ross and greir would rather mortgage everything on a person who’s personal life could end his professional career.

    Don’t be dumb dolphins, move on.

  29. So I heard on the radio that Miami and Houston had agreed to a deal and compensation for Watson, but that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wanted the legal issues resolved first before the deal would be finalized. LOL what? Watson’s legal issues aren’t going to be resolved by the deadline, which is next Tuesday. So that means there is not going to be a deal. What kind of moron is Ross? What does he think everyone has been talking about? If Watson’s legal issues could be resolved by next Tuesday, Watson would already have been traded. Ross is a moron and he apparently has been wasting everybody’s time. What a huge waste of time this has been.

  30. ghjjf says:
    October 29, 2021 at 3:56 pm
    The Dolphins don’t even have a 2022 first round pick. That means the Texans wouldn’t get any return on the deal until 2023!
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    They had TWO first round picks. One (Currently 2nd overall) they dealt to Philly, and one (Currently 10th overall) they acquired from the 49ers. Google is your friend before you post..

  31. Read my lips… Watson not going anywhere this season. Too many unknowns.. If he gets traded at all it will be next March or April.

  32. It’s so hilarious to me that Watson’s about to go to Miami of all places. People want this dude in prison and he’s about to be beach chillin with so much money.

  33. Trade for Deshaun and keep Tua till the smoke clears. You’re not paying Tua much anyways.

  34. Southpaw says:
    October 29, 2021 at 6:43 pm
    It’s so hilarious to me that Watson’s about to go to Miami of all places. People want this dude in prison and he’s about to be beach chillin with so much money.
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    He’s not about to “go anywhere”. This is all a bunch of media created hype to give them something to do. He is going nowhere this season. IF he is dealt (and that obviously depends on if/when he is suspended) it will not be until next March or April.

  35. charliecharger says:

    October 29, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    If you combine the Dolphins, Texans, Tua, and Watson, you get four non-winners. I don’t really carte how it all shakes out. Those two teams will continue to lose.

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    Watson record by season 3-3, 11-5, 10-5 and 4-12 but hes a non-winner yet YOU claim Kaepernick who career record was 5-2, 12-4, 8-8, 2-6 and 1-10 is a winner 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  36. Stephen Ross is correct in wanting the legal taken care of. However the Lawyers are responsible for that and have trouble agreeing on anything. Rusty Hardin wants disclosure, go figure! So I guess Rusty still wants a trial on all 22 civil cases. This most likely will not be shown by PFT but Rusty Hardin as Watson’s Attorney is responsible for the non settlement of the civil cases. Watson has 22 civil complaints and must have some level of responsibility….so good luck going to trial on all 22 cases. Rusty wants to keep ringing up the legal cash register even though Watson does not have the same deep pockets that a former client of Hardin’s Roger Clemens. Roger was at the end of his career and Watson is still a very young man.

  37. This makes no sense with Cam Newton being available. He could give the Dolphins a three year window to make a run at a Super Bowl.

  38. curtis20 says:
    October 29, 2021 at 2:53 pm
    This is not happening. No, the Phins are not going to trade for him They love Tua and the coach has said so many times and the owner as well, they already have a QB
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    Who cares what their coach says. Team isn’t having success the way it’s currently built and they may just as likely fire him because they have been a huge disappointment this season.

  39. I think a lot of the hot takes here are missing some important things:

    Regarding the legal issues being an obstacle, it’s the opposite – the legal issues are the *main incentive* right now for the Dolphins, because it’s their chance to get Watson without competition. Watson may say Miami is where he wants to be, but if he skates on the charges, then it’s a free for all. Miami doesn’t want to have to compete with the much better teams that would join the fray if Watson is cleared before he’s traded.

    As for “the Dolphins already have Tua” – that is completely insignificant. They have an owner who wants the shiny toy. They have a last-place 1-6 record. They have a coach who wants to keep his job. Tue is absolutely not a factor, at all, whatsoever.

  40. Miami FO and Owner own the problems of confidence amongst their fanbase. With local polls by a 60-40% are pro keep picks and Tua.

    These NY and Houston based articles have pushed a trade for months now. With still no resolution. Sadly, Miami played along.

    Tua will be fine. He will be starting his 14th game, and his growth, accuracy and anticipation is NFL caliber. He just needs a franchise like BUF who didn’t give up 14 games in with Josh Allen.

  41. Can Texans, Dolphins land the plane on a Deshaun Watson trade?
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    Before a plane can land it has to take-off and this one hasn’t left the ground!

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