As of now, the Houston Texans are still not even taking phone calls about franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson, but we all know that could change very quickly as free agency begins and the draft closes in.
Houston still thinks that they can find a way to make Watson happy, but we’ve not heard much of anything from Deshaun’s camp, other than a tweet from ESPN Upstate on Monday. The tweet merely said that the three teams that Watson would be interested in playing for are the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers.
The Dolphins have been the most talked about team when it comes to a Deshaun deal, and the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says that you can bet that the Fins are going to do whatever they can to make a deal happen.
“According to a source with direct knowledge, a high-ranking team official has told at least one outsider that the Dolphins expect to be in the mix to acquire Watson if the Texans make him available,” Jackson wrote.
If Miami gets in the mix for Watson, the team would likely have to trade quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, last season’s first-round pick, to make it happen.
Peter King wrote in his column Monday that the Dolphins could offer up a pair of players and four draft picks for Watson, but it remains to be seen whether that would be enough to get the Texans to make the trade.
Here’s what King had to say about a potential deal:
“Miami trades defensive end Christian Wilkins, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, first-round picks in 2021 (third overall) and 2023, and second-round picks in 2021 and 2022 for Watson,” King wrote.
“In essence, Miami is trading the 13th overall pick in 2019 (Wilkins) and the fifth overall pick in 2020 (Tagovailoa), plus two ones and two twos for Watson. Advantage for Miami is the deal would leave the Dolphins with first-round and second-round picks this year and their first next year while giving them a quarterback to play on equal footing with Josh Allen in the AFC East for the next decade.”
King is correct that the Bills are the team that the Fins want to challenge in the AFC East, and since the Bills have Josh Allen and a very good defense, Miami has ground to make up.
Getting Watson could be a massive start to closing that gap.
Two players and four draft picks for Deshaun Watson. Is a franchise QB they can build around worth giving up all of that?