Dolphins were willing to trade Tua Tagovailoa for Deshaun Watson
The Miami Dolphins were at one point viewed as the favorite to land Deshaun Watson in a trade, but those talks fizzled out after the Houston Texans star was accused of sexual assault by multiple women. Had the two sides worked out a deal, however, it sounds like Tua Tagovailoa would have been included.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle was told that the plan for the Dolphins was to send Tagovailoa and draft picks — including the third overall pick this year — to Houston.
“We’re left to wonder what the Dolphins would have given up for Watson, beginning with the third pick they shipped to the 49ers. Second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would have been included in a trade with the Texans.” -John McClain https://t.co/f8mCNLi9tT
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 27, 2021
After news of the Watson scandal broke, the Dolphins pivoted to working out a blockbuster draft trade with the San Francisco 49ers. They shipped the No. 3 pick to the Niners in exchange for the No. 12 pick, a third-round pick this year and two future first-round picks.
Less than a week before Watson was first accused of sexual assault, a report claimed the Dolphins were “all-in” on trying to acquire the quarterback. Miami was also supposedly on Watson’s list of preferred trade destinations, and he had been spending a lot of time there this offseason.
None of that matters now, of course. The Dolphins are committed to Tagovailoa and the Texans are in a holding pattern with Watson. While Watson got some good news recently regarding his scandal, he is still facing allegations from numerous women.
The Texans were reportedly one of at least eight teams that showed interest in trading for Watson. You can see who the others were here.