Will Dolphins make another run at Deshaun Watson?

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Despite the clumsy post-Flores reports that the team’s now-former head coach was the person who wanted Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and that no one else in the organization did, the truth was and is that the desire for Deshaun came from the top of the franchise. As one source who spoke with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross in the time preceding the expiration of the 2021 trading period tells PFT, Ross definitely wanted Watson.

So now, as the window for trades prepares to open, the question becomes whether the Dolphins will try again to get Watson.

The team recently has adopted a pro-Tua vibe. But that seemed to arise from a desire to pin recent dysfunction on Brian Flores. So how long will it last?

The problem the Dolphins face, as a practical matter, is that Ross wanted all 22 civil cases to be resolved before a deal was done. For some reason, Ross was willing to trade for Watson despite an unresolved criminal investigation. If/when the criminal investigation ends with no felony charges, would that be good enough for Ross?

The current Tua-love notwithstanding, Ross wants a short-list franchise quarterback. Tagovailoa isn’t on that short list. Whether the Dolphins give him another year to try to get their remains to be seen. Ultimately, it may hinge on whether a better option becomes available.

Watson will soon become available, again. Ross wanted him last year. Will Ross want Watson again?

50 responses to “Will Dolphins make another run at Deshaun Watson?

  1. And that’s another reason why Flores was fired. No way he wanted to answer questions daily about DeShaun Watson.

    And, can we stop acting like DeShaun Watson is Tom Brady, too? Enough already. An athletic QB with a nice arm and a 10 cent head.

    Pass.

  2. The Dolphins already have the perfect quarterback to run their offense in Tua and they can use their draft picks and salary cap room to build the team into a Super Bowl winner.

  3. Ross likely wants Rex Grossman starting so he can have a sure thing betting against his own team to lose.

  4. With Wilson, Rodgers, Carr, and other top-tier QBs in play, why would they even consider looking at Watson?

  5. The only team dumb enough to really go after him was one of the teams Watson said no, I don’t want to go there. What a mess. How come nobody has ask Flores if he really wanted Watson or was it the owner.

  6. If Deshaun Watson gets his criminal stuff out of the way then I don’t see why anyone would have a problem with it (other than morally). He would be an upgrade over most QBs in the league & would definitely be an upgrade over Tua, at least at this point.

  7. I think it’s abundantly clear they don’t want a deviant on their team.

    It doesn’t matter how much the press bring it up – it’s not going to happen

  8. I think Ross is more concerned if he will be keeping the team going forward, rather than who is QB1 is.

  9. YOu may not like Deshaun Watson, but saying that he was not a great QB is just a lie.

    Watson has a career QB rating of 104.5, which is second only to Aaron Rodgers. In 2020, after losing one of the best WRs in the NFL, D Hop, he had a 112.4 QB Rating, 70.2% completion percentage, 33 TDs, and only 7 Ints.

    YOu can hate Watson for a lot of things, but it is a lie to say that he wasn’t one of the best in the NFL.

  10. Sure call and offer a 4th rounder.

    With all the risk currently associated with Watson he isn’t worth much, it is only the egomaniac GM (that also arm chair coaches from the stands) that thinks he is worth 3 first rounders. That would really suck for the GM that gives up 3 1st rounders then watch him end up in prison for awhile, talk about how to suddenly end your career type move.

  11. The best move is to stick with Tua for this year and let somebody else pay the unreasonable price Houston wants for Watson

    All in for Tua this year

  12. This is a non story. Complete speculation.
    If they do bring him in, they are probably going to need to bring in a whole new fan base as well.
    I keep holding out for bringing in new ownership.

  13. gochief58 says:
    February 25, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Wouldn’t they try to trade him to an NFC team to get him out of the conference??

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    Teams think like that when they’re trying to win the conference and they’re worried about the player they’re trading getting in the way. Neither is in play here.

  14. radar773 says:
    February 25, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    YOu may not like Deshaun Watson, but saying that he was not a great QB is just a lie.

    Watson has a career QB rating of 104.5, which is second only to Aaron Rodgers. In 2020, after losing one of the best WRs in the NFL, D Hop, he had a 112.4 QB Rating, 70.2% completion percentage, 33 TDs, and only 7 Ints.

    YOu can hate Watson for a lot of things, but it is a lie to say that he wasn’t one of the best in the NFL.

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    The best QBs win. Watson’s last season of play went 4-12. He’s had a winning record in 2 of his 4 seasons. He’s won only one playoff game in his career.

    Go ahead and name one other great franchise QB who went 4-12 in his 4th year.

    Watson is a stat producer who’s never gone to the next level. When the chips are down he doesn’t lift a team.

  15. I know that most of the PFT brain trust feel that Tua is a bust, but that’s nonsense. That team played well down the stretch and, considering how high they drafted him, they should stick with him see how he develops.

    Watson is too expensive, but they also can’t just throw away first rounders like that. If they gave up 3 firsts for Watson, you also have to consider the first they used on Tua to be lost, as well.

    Drafting well is how teams get younger and improve without busting the bank. A team like the Dolphins needs young, cheap talent much more than it needs Watson right now. They would only be guaranteeing a mediocre team for him for the coming years if they trade for him.

  16. It would be ridiculous for any team to consider Watson with all that baggage surrounding him…

    …of course they’ll do it.

  17. Probably trade for him, not minding a one-year suspension, having same effect as intentional tank.

  18. Deshaun Watson would certainly like to pursue quarterbacking for the Miami Dolphins. There is one important pursuit that Watson has for residing in Florida as soon as possible. There are about 15,700 licensed massage therapists in Florida. Moreover the number exponentially increases when considering non licensed therapists. Well I guess one could still call them therapists!

  19. A 1st rd pick in 2022, a conditional future 1st and 2nd rd pick predicated on him being available to play in 28 or more games in 2022 and 2023.

  20. I’m behind Tua since they drafted him hes gonna be a monster soon watch mark my words .. Watson is on a whole different planet that has a qb drive that no other qb has he is strictly a monster but I’ll stay with Tua though

  21. The fins have 2 first rounders in 23. If Tua doesnt get it done this year his replacement will be drafted next year. Thats it case closed

  22. The Dolphin Franchise has had enough negativity this year. They don’t need to carry it into the next season with a tainted QB.

  23. Probably trade for him, not minding a one-year suspension, having same effect as intentional tank.

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    What would be the point of tanking if the Texans have your draft picks?

  24. radar773 says:
    February 25, 2022 at 12:30 pm
    YOu may not like Deshaun Watson, but saying that he was not a great QB is just a lie.

    Watson has a career QB rating of 104.5, which is second only to Aaron Rodgers. In 2020, after losing one of the best WRs in the NFL, D Hop, he had a 112.4 QB Rating, 70.2% completion percentage, 33 TDs, and only 7 Ints.

    YOu can hate Watson for a lot of things, but it is a lie to say that he wasn’t one of the best in the NFL.

    He is only 28 and 26 regular season, playoffs 1 and 2. Been to the playoffs 2 out 4 seasons.

    Great garbage time QB but when the game was on the line never really showed up.

  25. Guy has the morals of an alley cat and seemingly less common sense to even be in this mess in the first place. Maybe it really doesn’t matter anymore in today’s world, and maybe he can overcome …Michael Vick sure did. But you’d like to think the “face” of your francise could bring more than just the stats. But then again, maybe it speaks louder to lack of morals of the owner, that he could care less, just win the Super Bowl.

  26. If only the Dolphins had tanked after starting 0-7, like the owner allegedly suggested. The Dolphins would have had the #1 pick and Burrow.

  27. kenmasters34 says:
    February 25, 2022 at 5:32 pm
    If only the Dolphins had tanked after starting 0-7, like the owner allegedly suggested. The Dolphins would have had the #1 pick and Burrow.
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    JustinHerbert was still available when the Dolphins selected Tua. I think if the Dolphins had the number 1 pick that they still would’ve taken Tua.

  28. Watson is / was a great QB.
    He will obviously come back with ring rust , but has age on his side , and will be great again.
    I think that any franchise will still be wary because of any future punishment.
    If you get him with a minor suspension , then you get a major upgrade over Tua.
    If he comes with no suspension , then he obviously ranks behind Rodgers (but you have to eat his salary) Then anyone of Wilson / Brady / Carr is comparable.

  29. How many Super Bowls has Watson won or even been to ? That’s right zero . Any team giving up the farm for him will regret it.

  30. greedyjimfromtonhicken says:
    February 25, 2022 at 6:55 pm
    How many Super Bowls has Watson won or even been to ? That’s right zero . Any team giving up the farm for him will regret it.
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    I’m sure you would’ve said the exact same thing about Barry Sanders.

  31. This needs to go away soon. Watson has been out of football for a year. He was a young QB to begin with. Think sitting for a year is good for QB skills? As a fan if they do make this move I hope it’s a flop. The dude just seems plain weird soliciting women for private massages and some of it seems to have stemmed from shady websites. This would be Ross’s legacy. So when he goes 6 feet under people will remember this. Just build what you have. If you can’t get Rodgers or Wilson then just stick with Tua and if he’s not the guy then draft someone else. It’s getting really old.

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