The Deshaun Watson rumor mill has slowed to a near-standstill with the Texans quarterback nonetheless going through a litany of lawsuits alleging sexual assault or misconduct. However that would change very quickly. In reality, the previous Professional Bowler may be on a brand new staff inside days. The Texans and Dolphins need to finalize a commerce involving the quarterback earlier than the NFL‘s Nov. 2 in-season commerce deadline, the Houston Chronicle‘s John McClain reviews, and will strike a deal as early as this week.
The Texans (1-5) are clearly targeted on the long run within the wake of their fourth straight loss, with rookie Davis Mills set to stay underneath middle in Week 7 and longtime move rusher Whitney Mercilus launched on Tuesday. That future doesn’t embrace Watson, who has repeatedly made it clear behind closed doorways that he needs to be traded. The 26-year-old Watson has a no-trade clause on the four-year, $156 million contract he signed in 2020, however has Miami “excessive on his listing” of most well-liked touchdown spots, per McClain.
The Dolphins have been speaking to the Texans about Watson on and off for months, and people talks have intensified into severe negotiations. After dropping to Jacksonville in London — their fifth consecutive loss — the Dolphins appear extra decided to lastly execute the Watson commerce.
Texans basic supervisor Nick Caserio has been asking for 3 first-round picks, in addition to two second-rounders, in change for Watson, in accordance with McClain. It is unclear whether or not the Dolphins would really meet that asking value, and it is also unclear if Miami is ready to strike till the quarterback’s authorized scenario is resolved. Going through 22 civil lawsuits, Watson has not been suspended by the NFL however stays underneath investigation with police additionally wanting into allegations in opposition to the star signal-caller.
There’s one other potential holdup with this deal, nonetheless. Aaron Wilson reviews that one other staff’s potential involvement in one other commerce that doesn’t contain Watson is an element on this potential transaction. One might come to the conclusion that this has to do with Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Groups concerned with Watson have beforehand instructed the Texans they need the QB’s authorized points settled earlier than finalizing a commerce, per McClain. Watson, in the meantime, has continued reporting to work for Houston however has been inactive on recreation days all yr.
The Dolphins (1-5) only recently received Tagovalioa, their first-round choose a yr in the past, again from damage. However they’ve struggled offensively all season, a yr after counting on backup Ryan Fitzpatrick to alleviate Tagovailoa in a number of video games.
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