RUMOR: Texans do not view Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa as potential Deshaun Watson replacement
The Deshaun Watson trade rumors continue to swirl as the Houston Texans prepare for next season. The superstar quarterback has apparently spoken to teammates about requesting a trade out of Houston and the media hasn’t stopped talking about it since. The Miami Dolphins, who have Tua Tagovailoa are a rumored destination for Watson. League sources say that Miami is the preferred destination for Watson, and is a team that he would lift his no-trade-clause for.
The idea behind these hypothetical trades to Miami was that the Dolphins would send back Tua Tagavailoa and an abundance of draft capital in return.
That narrative, however, is reportedly false.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans do not view Tua as an adequate replacement for Watson, and would likely want to select a quarterback in this year’s draft like Justin Fields or Zach Wilson.
This makes things even more interesting going into the offseason.
The Texans should look to keep Watson as a first option, but if they are forced to trade him, high draft picks are what they’re looking for in return.
Miami still has the third overall pick, which actually belonged to Houston before the Laremy Tunsil trade, so Miami can’t be completely ruled out as a potential landing spot for Deshaun Watson. Without Tua in this deal, the Dolphins are put in an increasingly difficult position.
If the Dolphins acquire Watson with Tua Tagovailoa still on their roster, they’ll be put in a position where they’ll probably need to unload Tua. In that case, the return for the Alabama quarterback will be a fraction of what it is now.
Nothing is set in stone as to where Watson ends up, but it’s looking more and more like it won’t be in a Texans uniform next season.