Texans QB Deshaun Watson to Dolphins makes sense
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The way Watson played, yes.
At 25, the 12th overall pick of the 2017 draft still has his best years ahead of him. Until the last few days, it looked like those years would be spent in Houston.
That’s much less certain now.
Watson was reportedly told by Texans CEO Cal McNair that he would have input in the hiring of a new GM, and when ex-New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio was given that job last week, Watson tweeted “Some things never change …”
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Texans did not consider or consult with the candidates endorsed by their franchise quarterback.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen not only echoed reports that Watson is upset that the Texans did not interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for their head coaching vacancy, but added that he could now “play hardball” and request a trade.
Mortensen said Watson would lift his no-trade clause and consider a move if it was to the Dolphins.
Especially given his yearning to play on a contender.
Getting better in a hurry is going to be tricky for the Texans, who traded their first-round picks in 2020 and 2021, along with a second-round pick in 2021, to get Tunsil in August 2019.
Now they might have a chance to get those picks back.
If Miami could land Watson for Tagovailoa, who was the fifth overall pick of the 2020 draft and is a QB the Dolphins unconvincingly say they’re happy to go forward with, the Dolphins would insert themselves into the Super Bowl conversation 12 months from now.