The Deshaun Watson rumors continue to float around with the NFL trade deadline approaching quickly. The Miami Dolphins have been consistently linked to the Houston Texans quarterback due to owner Stephen Ross’s excessive feelings for the former Clemson star.
Whether or not Watson plays in the NFL this season remains to be seen. Regardless, the Texans have continued to float around Watson as a trade piece.
Well, the Dolphins are reportedly drawing closer and closer to a deal, and some believe a trade could go down as soon as this week. But as talented as Watson is, this would be a massive risk.
Deshaun Watson trade buzz hits the wire once again
The Watson trade talks have circulated for months and months, ever since he expressed his frustration with the Houston front office. On Wednesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle dropped a huge nugget.
“The Texans could finally be getting closer to trading quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Miami Dolphins — a team they play Nov. 7. Even though the NFL trading deadline isn’t until Nov. 2, a deal could go down this week, according to people familiar with the negotiations. If the Texans and Dolphins are unable to consummate the trade this week, they want to get it done by the league’s deadline.”
John McClain on the Deshaun Watson trade buzz
A Watson deal has been in the works for quite some time. However, teams are hesitant to trade for the disgruntled star due to his legal issues.
The investigation is ongoing as Watson continues to face 22 civil lawsuits from women alleging sexual assault and misconduct, and he has not received any discipline from the NFL itself. So many questions remain, but the fact of the matter is that the Texans seem more inclined than ever to get a deal done and try to recoup some assets.
The Dolphins would be taking a gigantic risk by acquiring Texans QB
On paper, Watson is worth a multitude of picks and players. Last season, he posted a remarkable 4,823 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions with a limited wide receiving corp. He has 104 touchdowns to 36 interceptions through his four-year career and is one of the best gunslingers in the league when he’s on the field.
But the price will likely be high, with previous reports saying the Texans want multiple first-round picks for Watson. That is an awful lot for any team to give up.
Ross’ lingering insistence and favorable view of Watson might drive the price even higher. Moreover, a frustrating loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars appeared to be the boiling point, per McClain.
“The Dolphins have been talking to the Texans about Watson off and on for months, and those talks have intensified into serious negotiations. After losing to Jacksonville in London — their fifth consecutive loss — the Dolphins seem more determined to finally execute the Watson trade.”
McClain on the Dolphins-Watson rumors
The Jaguars have been an absolute mess with Urban Meyer at the helm, and losing to them might be the nail in the coffin for Miami. Tua Tagovailoa returned from injury but failed to get the victory. Suddenly, Brian Flores’ team has dropped five straight just a year after a 10-6 finish.
The frustration is evident in Miami, but sending a load of picks — and perhaps players — for Watson would be a massive risk, especially with his legal issues nowhere near being resolved.
All eyes on Watson until November 2
The NFL trade deadline is still a couple of weeks away. However, the Dolphins have their backs against the wall after a rough start to the season.
Many questions still surround Watson, and the resolution to his legal issues has no clear timetable. But a previous report stated that the league would allow him to play if traded elsewhere.
For now, Watson is not suspended by the league or the Texans, instead serving as a healthy inactive every week.
For the next couple of weeks, Watson’s name might swirl more than it has in the past few months. If Wednesday’s report is any indication, a deal could be struck at any time. However, this could be a massive disappointment for the Dolphins and go down as one of the biggest risks in recent NFL history.
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