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Report: One team has made actual trade offer for Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

The Houston Texans appear to be inching closer to trading Deshaun Watson, and they reportedly have at least one offer for the star quarterback on the table.

The Miami Dolphins have been viewed as the frontrunner to land Watson for months. Armando Salguero of Outkick says he was told by a source on Sunday that Miami has an actual offer on the table for Watson. Though, the details of the offer are unclear.

It seems safe to assume that whatever the Dolphins offered, the Texans want more. Most people believe Houston was behind the leak last week that they were getting close to trading Watson.

The Texans obviously want to trade Watson, but they are said to be seeking multiple first-round picks. You can understand why teams are unwilling to offer that with Watson having been accused of sexual assault by multiple women. The NFL is waiting for a grand jury to decide if Watson will be prosecuted, and the league could hand down disciplinary action after that.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Monday that the Texans expect to trade Watson by the Nov. 2 deadline. The Dolphins are not the only team interested in Watson, but the QB has a no-trade clause. He supposedly wants to play in Miami, which could be a big factor in the trade talks and result in the Texans having even less leverage.

Watch: Dan Marino appeared to give Tua Tagovailoa pep talk

Dan Marino Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa has faced a lot of criticism in his first two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and he may have gotten some words of encouragement from a franchise icon on Sunday.

Tagovailoa briefly met with Dan Marino on the field before the Dolphins’ game against the Atlanta Falcons in Miami. If our novice lip-reading skills serve us correctly, it looked like Marino said “s— happens” to Tagovailoa before the two parted ways. Here’s the video:

We’re just speculating, but it would not be a surprise if Marino spoke with Tagovailoa about the recent reports once again linking Deshaun Watson to the Dolphins.

The Dolphins don’t seem like they have a ton of faith in Tagovailoa. Head coach Brian Flores has had to awkwardly throw his support behind the former fifth overall pick on multiple occasions.

Any advice Marino had for Tagovailoa was probably appreciated. The former Alabama star’s first two years in the NFL have not been easy.

Brian Flores in danger of losing Dolphins locker room?

Brian Flores

The Miami Dolphins have lost five straight games since their big win over the New England Patriots in Week 1, and that has led to some questions about head coach Brian Flores’ job security. According to one report, those questions are very valid.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was told by sources that some veteran players with the Dolphins are losing trust in Flores. In particular, there are some players who are not pleased that Flores opted against having a bye week following the London game.

Peter King of NBC Sports reported during the offseason that the Dolphins chose to have a bye later in the season rather than taking the week off after playing the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. They lost that game, of course, allowing the Jags to snap a 20-game losing streak. That likely contributed to players wishing they had a break.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has reportedly become “increasingly concerned” about the direction of the franchise.

“There is a really negative vibe down there right now,” a source told La Canfora. “A lot of players do not trust (Flores). Flo thinks he is a player’s coach, with an open-door policy, but I know a number of players who would tell you they don’t really think he is approachable enough, or flexible.”

The Dolphins have also created an awkward situation with their quarterback. They used the No. 5 overall pick on Tua Tagovailoa less than two years ago, but that hasn’t stopped them from pursuing a potential trade for Deshaun Watson. Flores was forced to address the Watson rumors again earlier this week.

Winning is the cure for everything in the NFL, and the Dolphins have done none of that over the past month. They need to turn things around, otherwise the hot seat talk will continue for Flores.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores responds to latest Deshaun Watson rumors

Brian Flores

The Miami Dolphins have been linked to Deshaun Watson since the offseason, which has led to some awkward questions for Brian Flores. The head coach is still answering them the same way.

A report this week claimed trade talks between the Dolphins and Houston Texans have intensified lately. There appears to be a good chance Watson could be dealt before the Nov. 2 deadline, and the Dolphins are still considered the most likely suitor. Flores was asked about the rumors on Friday and said he is “very happy” with Tua Tagovailoa.

Flores made similar remarks prior to the season, though he would not confirm nor deny if the Dolphins have shown interest in Watson. There really isn’t much else he can say.

The Dolphins obviously want Watson at the right price. There was talk over the summer that their ownership group is extremely high on Watson, which isn’t exactly a surprise. He’s just 25 and already one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Of course, he is also facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women. Watson is under criminal investigation, and he will likely face disciplinary action from the NFL.

Even if the Dolphins don’t wind up with Watson, it is safe to conclude their confidence in Tagovauloa has waned since they drafted him.

Tua Tagovailoa rumors spin out of control amid Watson speculation

Tua Tagovailoa

As speculation increased about a potentially imminent Deshaun Watson trade, even wilder rumors began to spread about the future of Tua Tagovailoa.

A report on Wednesday indicated that the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins are making progress on trade talks involving Watson. That cast doubt on Tagovailoa’s future in Miami and led to a flood of unsourced rumors about the Dolphins quarterback’s future.

Further complicating matters was a report from Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk 790 AM indicating that a third team was involved in trade talks that related to the Watson situation.

We do know of two prominent teams that Tagovailoa has been linked to but apparently aren’t involved. One of them is the Denver Broncos, who have no interest in Tagovailoa, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

Tagovailoa was also linked to the Washington Football Team, another organization without a long-term solution at quarterback. JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, however, said he received a “hard no” from sources when asking if Washington had interest.

Where does that leave Tagovailoa? We don’t know, honestly. There’s no doubt that if Miami does bring Watson in, Tagovailoa’s long-term future in Miami is over. It may be that other teams just aren’t that interested. That’s hard to fathom given how much hype Tagovailoa had coming into the NFL, but when you see some of the plays he’s made during games, it just doesn’t look like he’s making much progress toward being a standout NFL quarterback.

Report: Deshaun Watson trade could be imminent

Deshaun Watson

After months of speculation, a Deshaun Watson trade may finally be coming to fruition.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, negotiations between the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins have intensified in recent days, and there is optimism that Watson could be traded this week. Even if a trade is not consummated by the end of the week, the Dolphins and Texans are motivated to get something done by the Nov. 2 trade deadline.

The Dolphins have long had interest in Watson, but that interest appears to have intensified since the team lost its fifth consecutive game on Sunday. Watson would have to approve any trade, but Miami is a preferred destination, and that approval would likely be a formality.

Houston has put a huge asking price on Watson, asking for three first-round picks. There had been some indications they were moving closer to a more realistic negotiation in recent weeks.

Watson remains under investigation after 22 women accused him of sexual assault. That has been a complicating factor in trade negotiations, and could be an issue if Miami acquires him.

Photo: Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; AFC quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jacoby Brissett leaves Week 5 with hamstring injury

Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Brissett once again started for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in place of the injured Tua Tagovailoa, but Brissett left the game early with an injury of his own.

Brissett hurt his hamstring injury in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Dolphins announced that he was questionable to return.

With both Brissett and Tagovailoa injured, the Dolphins were forced to turn things over to former undrafted free agent Reid Sinnett.

Sinnett is a little-known quarterback who started one season at non-scholarship FCS school San Diego. He spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year and was signed to Miami’s practice squad last month.

Video: Dolphins give up safety thanks to incredibly dumb playcall

Dolphins bubble safety

The Miami Dolphins were thoroughly punished for getting a bit too cute at their own goal line during Sunday’s game.

The Dolphins had to start a drive from their own one-yard line late in the first quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders. In many situations like that, the offense will call a run just to try to get a couple yards and give the quarterback some breathing room.

Not the Dolphins. Instead, the offense attempted a bubble pass to Jaylen Waddle in their own end zone. That went incredibly poorly, as the Raiders were all over it and turned it into two points.

Maybe the Dolphins thought they could catch the Raiders off guard. That obviously did not happen, and the play ends up looking totally ridiculous.

A lot of the time we see plays blown up when they’re a bit too cute or clever. This definitely falls into that category. Just run it up the gut.

Tua Tagovailoa’s future with Dolphins in doubt after latest injury?

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa will miss several games with a rib injury he suffered last week, and questions are mounting about whether or not his future with the Miami Dolphins is secure.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was told by several personnel people and coaches around the NFL that Brian Flores would have preferred to draft Justin Herbert over Tagovailoa. People with the Dolphins insist general manager Chris Grier consults with Flores on all major roster moves and would not have gone against his wishes. Still, there have been plenty of signs over the past year that Flores and the Dolphins are not sold on Tagovailoa.

The Dolphins have long been viewed as the most likely suitor for Deshaun Watson if and when the Houston Texans trade the star quarterback. There’s still a chance Watson could be moved before the Nov. 2 trade deadline, but La Canfora says Tagovailoa’s injury does not make it any more likely that the Dolphins will acquire Watson. The Texans are still seeking a very significant return for Watson despite the fact that he is facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women.

Tagovailoa had 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Miami’s 17-16 win over the New England Patriots in Week 1. He attempted just four passes in last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills before being carted to the locker room with his injury.

Tua Tagovailoa to miss at least three games after landing on IR

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa is facing a rather significant absence after suffering fractured ribs in a Week 2 loss to Buffalo.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Miami Dolphins will place Tagovailoa on injured reserve, ruling him out for at least the next three games. The Dolphins are hopeful that Tagovailoa will be ready to return by that point.

Tagovailoa’s prognosis initially sounded fairly positive after he was carted off last Sunday. However, further examination revealed the fractures, making it clear that Tagovailoa’s absence would not be as brief as first hoped.

The 23-year-old Tagovailoa tallied 215 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception this season prior to the injury. Jacoby Brissett will handle the quarterback duties as long as Tagovailoa remains sidelined.