It looks like we may have a huge change in where Deshaun Watson may want to end up.
An article published by The Athletic revealed that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross did in fact want to acquire Deshaun Watson, and even reached out to him. Per Jeff Howe, Ross attempted to contact the quarterback before this season’s trade deadline. However, Watson “refused” to speak with the owner.
“The reality is Ross also wanted Watson to be a Dolphin,” Howe wrote. “Ross tried to set up a phone call with Watson the night before the Nov. 2 trade deadline this season to see if the quarterback would resolve his legal situation to facilitate a trade. Watson wasn’t prepared to settle and refused to speak to Ross.”
“The [Houston] Texans have wanted at least five assets, including three first-round picks, in any trade for Watson, according to sources,” he continued. Adding, “They also have no plans to reduce those demands when trade discussions resume this offseason.”
“If Ross didn’t want to deal for Watson — because of Watson’s legal situation or the price to acquire him –— the Dolphins owner could have simply rejected the idea,” Howe concluded. “Ross instead tried to lead the acquisition.”
Before he can even think about playing football, Watson has to deal with allegations from 22 different women who have accused him of sexual misconduct or assault.
For that reason as well as him demanding a trade, the Texans kept him as a healthy scratch for the 2021 season.
None of this has to feel good to hear for Tua Tagovailoa as he does not know what this means for him. Will he back with the Dolphins next season, traded somewhere else, or pushed to the bench since earlier reports stated that the Texans did not want him in any trade for Watson.
We’ll just have to see.