Deshaun Watson may very well be headed to the Miami Dolphins in the coming days, but it does not appear that the Houston Texans have any interest in their starting QB in return.
On Saturday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson reported that the Dolphins are now the frontrunner, while the Texans are asking for a ton of draft picks.
Senior NFL Writer Armando Salquero added that the Texans do not want Tua Tagovailoa in any trade for Watson.
“The Texans, by the way, are so far not interested in including Dolphins current starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in a trade.”
Robinson added that the Philadelphia Eagles were somewhat involved, along with the Panthers and Broncos, but Watson’s no-trade clause “has weighed heavily in trade opportunities.”
The Eagles have real questions about whether or not Jalen Hurts is their long-term solution. Because of that and because the Eagles might have three first-round picks in 2022, Philadelphia became a logical landing spot.
The 25-year-old Watson is facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct which has been a huge hurdle in any potential trade.
Robinson reports that teams “have angled for pick protections in any trade, to mitigate a potential NFL suspension or criminal prosecution” tied to these allegations.