NFL rumors are pointing toward a Deshaun Watson trade happening before the upcoming November 2 deadline.
The Miami Dolphins are the team linked to Watson as the Houston Texans try to move on from this saga.
Yet this is no normal NFL trade.
Watson has not played all season and still has legal issues looming over his head.
One NFL insider addressed this reality and explained what would happen if he was indeed traded.
An NFL league source said to me, that IF #Texans QB Deshaun Watson is traded that they "don't think that he'll play right away because he's still subject to the personal conduct policy…You don't have to be put on the Commissioner's Exempt List to be subject to the (P.C.P)."
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 22, 2021
So even if Miami makes a blockbuster deal and acquires Watson, he may not be able to play upon arrival.
Is such a trade even worth making?
Two Major Problems
The first inherent issue for the Dolphins is the fact they are already 1-5 on the year.
Sending a haul of draft picks for Watson is not going to save the season because the defense is also allowing nearly 30 points per game.
The problems go well beyond the quarterback position.
This leads into the second problem.
Let’s say Watson shows up and can’t play right away, but does enter late in the season.
What about his 2022 status?
The Dolphins are, in theory, acting like nothing is amiss and they are making a normal trade for a franchise quarterback.
That is not the case here and ignoring this simple fact could derail the franchise for years to come.
A Smarter Strategy
If the Dolphins are really over Tua Tagovailoa, which is the wrong stance, they should pursue other options.
#Dolphins HC Brian Flores was asked about Deshaun Watson: “I don’t get into rumors. Tua is our quarterback. I’m happy with our quarterback.”
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 22, 2021
Watson is not reliable until the NFL details discipline against him and his legal situation is cleared up.
The latter is far more important, because serious punishment could come into the discussion.
The loser in this entire discussion is everyone currently on the Dolphins.
They don’t know how their team will look in a few weeks and a rough start is compounded with all this Watson drama.