Texans-Dolphins talking Watson trade again: Report

By | October 20, 2021

Texans-Dolphins talking Watson trade again: Report … John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, one of the best connected NFL analysts in the business, is reporting this evening (McClain’s original article is behind a paywall) that the Texans and Miami Dolphins are talking again about a possible trade for QB Deshaun Watson and that a deal could be finalized as early as this week. However, if they don’t get something done pretty quickly they’ll be waiting until the off-season as the NFL trade deadline is coming up in just twelve days on November 2nd. The teams have actually reportedly been talking for several months but the pressure in on the Dolphins to get something done. Not only is the deadline fast approaching, but the Dolphins have lost five in a row, including Sunday’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of Jacksonville which had gone over a full season without a win. And QB Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins second-year quarterback whom they selected with the 5th pick overall in 2020 just hasn’t worked out the way they hoped. In fact, McClain suggests that as part of a deal with the Texans, Miami would be trading Tagovailoa somewhere, most likely Washington, and including whatever they get for him in their package for the Texans. Meanwhile, Houston is believed to be still asking for a package that would include three first-round picks as well as some combination of three other high picks or quality veterans.  Of course, Watson still has a no-trade clause and would have to approve any deal, but it is expected he would accept a trade to the Dolphins. Then there is also the little matter of the 22 civil lawsuits accusing Watson of sexual assault and misconduct with both the police and NFL investigating, although for the moment Watson has not been suspended by the league.