It’s been a while since we had a good trade rumor involving disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. But Adam Beasley of Pro Football Network is here to end the drought.
On Monday, Beasley reported that the Miami Dolphins would still consider trading for Deshaun Watson if his ongoing legal problems are resolved before the 2021 season. Per the report, the Dolphins have “enough questions” about second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to move on from him.
It’s an interesting theory, and one that’s circulated the NFL for many months now. But the wider NFL world isn’t buying the idea right now.
Numerous people have pointed out that the Dolphins were in a position to do exactly what Beasley suggested before the 2021 NFL Draft. They chose to trade their 2022 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles and move up for DeVante Parker instead.
They had all the draft capital if they wanted to pull the trigger then. The Watson situation is full of so many unknowns it’s hard to imagine any team making that move without knowing what the potential suspension would be https://t.co/BwrvRhm5jh
— trey wingo (@wingoz) July 19, 2021
The Dolphins traded the pick they needed to possibly get one of these QB’ if Tua isn’t the guy. All to get the WR they prefer. Great move by Eagles, big mistake by Dolphins. All in on Tua with no back up path. https://t.co/WrZnfEkJhN
— Joe Banner (@JoeBanner13) July 19, 2021
— Oluwatobi (@AbstractSode) July 19, 2021
Others feel that the situation with Deshaun Watson is obviously not going to be resolved before the season. So Beasley’s point about the Dolphins being interested before the season appears moot:
As I have said many times: Deshaun Watson is not playing football this year. His legal situation is too complicated and won’t be sorted out quickly.
And why would any team owner take a risk on someone with these type of allegations? They have to be sorted through first. https://t.co/g7uXfrGzfz
— William Olive (@WilliamOlive2_) July 19, 2021
The Miami Dolphins drafted Tua Tagovailoa No. 5 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. He went 6-3 as a starter but struggled to move the ball at times, and the Dolphins wound up missing the playoffs.
In the offseason, all kinds of rumors began to emerge that the team didn’t like what they saw from Tua and might trade for a star like Watson or even Aaron Rodgers if the opportunity arose.
But whatever assets the Dolphins might have had for a trade appear to be gone now. No first-round pick in 2022 is practically a non-starter for teams looking to trade a star quarterback.
So if any team does trade for Deshaun Watson before the season, it probably won’t be the Dolphins. Not anymore.