By: Hussam Patel
A bombshell of a report came out today from Chris Mortensen that Deshaun Watson is unhappy in Houston and wants to be traded to the Miami Dolphins. Giving a certain intrigue into the Dolphins off-season plans.
However, it wasn’t even Watson saying he wanted a trade. He just wants to be listened to by his organization and wants to succeed. Watson's camp is doing all the talking. Certainly, everyone is talking about a Watson for Tua swap. I’m here to tell you it’s very doubtful Miami considers this. This is just a smokescreen
Internally Watson wanted the organization to interview Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy- a hot shot head coaching candidate who has been in the interview cycle the last few years. Watson always wanted to have a say in the GM hiring and ownership said he would, even though he was not part of the Nick Caserio hiring.
Apparently, Watson's anger level was at a 2 when they traded DeAndre Hopkins away and now it’s a 10 as a result of ownership not listening to its franchise quarterback.
How does this Miami even get into this?
The Dolphins are possibly one of the few teams that have the assets to even be in the contention to land Deshaun Watson. Arguably, an elite, Top-5 Quarterback in the NFL.
Watson on the Dolphins will increase their chances to make some noise in the postseason, and Chris Grier is always listening to trade offers, but he will not pull the trigger.
The Texans will be asking for a haul of assets if they do indeed trade Watson. The asking price would be somewhere around 3 first round picks, 3 second round picks and Tua Tagovailoa.
Miami is not going to give up the farm of assets they acquired to push back the future further. Play-makers in the 1st and 2nd rounders are valuable pieces to get into the playoffs and get over the mediocre hump. Even if you give up those assets, who will Watson throw to? Watson will not solely solve the Dolphins offense.
Do not lose sight of the end goal since 2019. Build around Tua and the Dolphins will succeed. The teams in the playoffs have built around their Quarterbacks strengths. Chiefs, Titans, Ravens, Bills, and the Buccaneers all have QB friendly offenses and play-makers that fit their Quarterbacks skill set. A lot of the play-makers that fit Tua's skill set are in this draft class.
There are other trade partners the Texans could be talking with. The 49ers are another likely destination. A great defense and an offensive HC that can run an effective offense by scribbling on a sheet of toilet paper. GM John Lynch will use his assets, a couple picks and Jimmy Garoppolo to get Watson as they are just a QB away from getting the Lombardi Trophy
There is another suitor that will make Dolphins fans pander and groan.
Trade value drops after some time, especially if it’s a disgruntled player. If this is the case and the asking price is Tua and one to two of the Dolphins picks, the strategy may change as Chris Grier is always listening….
Welcome to the smokescreen off-season.