Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa has found himself in the middle of trade rumors for Deshaun Watson after a subpar rookie season.
For the past few weeks, rumors about the disgruntled Texans QB being interested in getting traded to Miami have circulated on various media outlets.
Sources say Watson could play hardball with Texans about a trade. His new $156 million contract includes a no-trade clause but informed speculation from a source is that he would consider the @MiamiDolphins in which Tua Tagovailoa and additional compensation goes to Houston.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 10, 2021
Via Miami Herald
Watson this week told people the Jets are his top preference among the teams he’d like to be traded to because they hired Robert Saleh to be their coach and Watson values Saleh so much he wanted the Texans to interview him for their vacant head coach job.
Watson confirmed reports, circulated for several weeks in national media, he’d also welcome playing for the Dolphins but said that is his second choice at this time.”,
On Monday, Tua went on the Dan Patrick show and things got a bit awkward when Patrick brought up the Watson trade rumors during the show.
Tua: "Honestly, I'm not too sure. I can't control things that I can't control. What I can do is continue to work hard."
— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) February 1, 2021
"That's something that I can't control. I don't have any control over those trade deals and what not." –@Tua on his name being involved in trade talks surrounding Deshaun Watson. #Dolphins #Texans pic.twitter.com/yJ4k4RbfOG
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) February 1, 2021
At the end of the season Dolphins GM Chris Grier made it clear that the team was committed to Tua next season.
Via Bleacher Report
Tua, we’re very happy with. He’s our starting quarterback. He did a nice job this year coming in as a rookie with no offseason and the challenge in dealing with all that. Very happy with him and looking forward to watching him progress here over a [full] offseason going into next year. For us, not really talking about draft strategy, anything right now.”
Tua and Grier are going to have to answer a lot of awkward questions this offseason until Watson gets traded.