Stephen Ross is not pushing for the team to trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
On Monday morning, the Miami Dolphins owner spoke via Zoom to address the firing of head coach Brian Flores after three seasons. In the midst of being asked about the Flores firing, he was also asked about the team’s interest in Deshaun Watson and how that may have changed now.
Q: I’d like to ask you what role if any, the quarterback position played in this decision? Was there a question over whether Tua is your man for the future? How much does Deshaun Watson play into it? And was there disagreement over which direction you should go at quarterback?
“First of all, let me be clear, it played no role in it at all. I have a lot of confidence in Tua and I think the next head coach will work with him or whoever else. But I have a lot of confidence in him. I watched him grow. He’s a fine young man, and he is our quarterback and will be dependent upon our new head coach but I have a lot of confidence in Tua.”
Rumors of a trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson have been stirring since last offseason, and picked up steam near the trade deadline. Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported that the Dolphins were in serious negotiations with the Texans to acquire their starting quarterback.
Q: Did you ever end up speaking to Deshaun Watson, I know there was a report that you were granted permission. And do you plan to explore acquiring Watson again this offseason?
“I have no plans. It will be up to the head coach in terms of what he does with the quarterback. As I said before, I have a lot of confidence in Tua, but it’s really going to be dependent on the next head coach and the direction that he wants to take at that position.”
While Watson would be a huge help on the field, there’s no guarantee that he will play since the NFL hasn’t given any public information on what they would do with the quarterback who is facing numerous legal issues if he was put in a situation where he would be starting on Sundays.
The Houston Texans made it very easy for the league to not make a decision since he was a helthy scratch for the entire year. With the offseason looming, things could pick up quickly and we might just see Watson finally traded somewhere, if not to the Miami Dolphins.