It is Tagovailoa’s team now, which is why it was interesting to hear reports of the Dolphins considering a blockbuster trade for Deshaun Watson.
Would they really do that after drafting Tagovailoa?
And what about all of Watson’s legal troubles?
It appears Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has addressed the rumors behind closed doors.
This info isn’t intended to dispute recent reporting that Miami was a major player in trade discussions. Rather, it is a reflection of the moment. A coach standing in front of his team, endorsing his QB, is not the same as one navigating a press conference.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) August 31, 2021
This is great news for the young quarterback and lets the team know they can remain focused on Week 1 with him under center.
A Situation Of Rumors
This whole pot started to get stirred when the following report dropped.
Thread. Sources tell @yahoosports the #Dolphins have emerged as the frontrunner in trade discussions with the #Texans for QB Deshaun Watson. The Texans are seeking 3 first-round picks and 2 second-round picks in negotiations, according to a team that dropped out of trade talks.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) August 28, 2021
That sure seemed to be a bombshell considering the Dolphins are expected to compete this year with Tagovailoa as the quarterback.
The Dolphins being “frontrunners” seemed to signal there were real active trade talks surrounding Watson.
This of course happens in the front office, leaving the players and coaches to find out just like us fans do.
Flores did the right thing as the team’s leader and made it clear everyone has to ignore the outside noise.
Saying the report is false won’t change the fact it is out there, but Flores can tell the front office he has no desire to deal with such a distraction so close to the season.
The Rumor Is Out There
Such a trade would likely involve Tagovailoa heading to Houston in exchange for Watson.
If the pending lawsuits against Watson were nonexistent, this rumor would have more weight.
For now, there is no logical way this trade could be made.
Would the Dolphins really mortgage so much of their future for a quarterback who may never play again?
The entire report was a shock and the logic behind it seems to ignore the reality of Watson’s situation.
Flores and the Dolphins standing behind Tagovailoa is the best move and should be what the entire organization wants.
A No. 5 pick was used on him and he is only in his second season.
Moving on for a quarterback with so many current issues would be a monumentally bad move, and a huge coup for Houston.