He is not going to play, but is also not going to be cut due to financial obligations.
So what about a trade?
That is the obvious move, except for the fact he has a serious legal issue looming over his head.
That situation should rightfully sway teams away from trading for him without some sort of clause in a deal protecting draft picks in case he is ruled ineligible.
The trade buzz died down a bit until Wednesday afternoon when Texans reporter John McClain dropped a bombshell.
Dolphins’ deal with the Texans for Deshaun Watson “could go down this week,” per @McClain_on_NFL
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 20, 2021
He is reporting that the Miami Dolphins could finish a Watson deal as soon as this week.
The rumors even go a step further as a third team could get involved.
In regards to the #Texans closing in on a deal that would send Deshaun Watson to the Miami #Dolphins, I am hearing that it could be a three team deal that would send Tua Tagovailoa to the Washington Football Team.
— Coty M. Davis (@CotyDavis_24) October 20, 2021
Tua Tagovailoa would obviously need a new team in this scenario and it is possible the Washington Football Team wants to jump in and grab him.
The fact veteran Houston reporters are discussing this news should mean it is not just unfounded rumors.
The tough part now is Tagovailoa staying focused in Miami and Taylor Heinicke staying focused in Washington.
In a weird twist, Ryan Fitzpatrick may return from injury and sit behind Tagovailoa, but this time in Washington.
No matter where he goes, he usually finds his way back to the bench.
The major winner in this scenario is Watson and he is the one driving this potential blockbuster deal.
He wants out of Houston and Miami may give him a chance to play before knowing his long-term status in the NFL.
However, he would be going to a one-win Miami team and it may be too late to turn that ship around.
There are so many interesting storylines here and this rumor will be one to follow right up until the trade deadline.