The team had the cap space to absorb his contract and the draft capital to provide the Houston Texans’ asking price.
However, those days are over as shared by Pro Football Focus writer Ari Meirov.
#Dolphins GM Chris Grier told reporters that they’re closing the door on a potential Deshaun Watson trade.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) March 2, 2022
Meirov shared, “#Dolphins GM Chris Grier told reporters that they’re closing the door on a potential Deshaun Watson trade.”
That’s a breath of fresh air for the franchise and a possible sigh of relief for Tua Tagovailoa.
The former Alabama standout has been the centerpiece of a potential trade for Watson.
However, it seems like new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel will stick with Tagovailoa, given that he’s a better fit for the offense he would like to implement.
McDaniel was the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator but was specifically tasked to implement their run game.
Tagovailoa’s mobility will be a plus for McDaniel’s plans.
Watson Has Other Teams In Mind
On the other hand, it seems like Miami is also a distant memory from Watson, possibly because Brian Flores isn’t there anymore.
Now, the embattled play-caller reportedly has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings on his radar.
The Buccaneers are in dire need of a quarterback after Tom Brady retired.
Meanwhile, the Texans will likely get Kirk Cousins if they ship Watson away to Minnesota.
Should Watson land in any of those destinations, he won’t affect the Dolphins much given that both teams play in the NFC.
However, the Dolphins have a long way to go in terms of being competitive in their own division that has the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.