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Rumor: Dolphins’ stance on Deshaun Watson trade amid frontrunner report

Deshaun Watson, Dolphins, Texans

The Deshaun Watson trade rumors are heating up again, with PFT’s Mike Florio reporting on increased chatter of a potential deal coming together soon. The Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers were mentioned as the two possible destinations, and Yahoo’s Charles Robinson soon followed up the initial report with his own reporting about the Dolphins being the frontrunner.

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson then weighed in to say that while Miami remains “intrigued” by the idea of trading for Watson, the team has zero interest in giving the Houston Texans what they currently want. The Texans are reportedly still seeking three first-round picks and two second-round picks for Watson. Given that, Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk 790 says no deal is imminent.

The Dolphins or any other Watson suitor might be willing to pay that price if not for the ongoing legal situation hanging over him. 22 women have accused the Texans quarterback of sexual misconduct, with 10 of them filing criminal complaints against him. Watson wants out, but Houston could very well be willing to just pay Watson his $10.5 million to stay home this season as it waits for a resolution.

Interested teams have reportedly been looking to have pick protections involved in a Watson trade because of his legal trouble, but the Texans apparently don’t seem too interested in that. So, right now, it seems things are still at something of a stalemate, even with this recent chatter.

It’s interesting that Miami is so involved in these rumors given the investment in Tua Tagovailoa. This would suggest the Dolphins aren’t totally sold on Tua, who had a roller-coaster ride of a rookie season. The young quarterback will be the starter this season, but if he falters, perhaps Miami will go harder after Watson, depending on how things play out for him legally.