Dolphins coach Brian Flores has repeatedly referred to as Tua Tagovailoa “our quarterback” this yr, refusing to handle rumors of Miami’s reported curiosity in Deshaun Watson. And but, with the NFL‘s Nov. 2 commerce deadline quick approaching, the Dolphins proceed to be one of the vital rumored locations for the Texans quarterback, who’s nonetheless dealing with 22 civil lawsuits for alleged sexual misconduct however apparently may get his want of a relocation.
Whereas they’re only a yr faraway from spending the No. 5 general decide on Tagovailoa, the Dolphins have lengthy been linked to Watson, and much more so in latest days since they fell to 1-6 on the yr. However which groups may take Tua off their fingers, within the occasion of a blockbuster Watson commerce?
Listed here are 5 potential touchdown spots for the second-year signal-caller:
Jameis Winston is taking part in fairly good soccer in his first yr as Drew Brees’ successor, and he is quietly bought the Saints at 4-2. It would be somewhat awkward to deal for Tua proper now. However for example they fall to the Buccaneers in Week 8. In actual fact, even when they do not, there are nonetheless long-term QB questions: Winston is on a one-year deal, Taysom Hill is 31 and confined to a utility function, and so they is probably not nicely positioned to draft an improve in 2022. Moreover that, a minimum of theoretically, Tua is a match for a Brees-style Sean Payton offense, tending to prioritize short-area effectivity. The Saints have shocked with daring strikes earlier than; why not below heart, if the value is true?
They’re solely seven months faraway from buying Jared Goff from the Rams, however nobody in and round Detroit has ever absolutely believed the previous Professional Bowler is right here to remain at QB. He is been as anticipated in Motown: satisfactory, however nothing extra. And whereas the Lions virtually definitely intend to discover future draft courses for his or her actual reply, they’d be hard-pressed to not think about taking a flyer on Tua, who a minimum of has untapped potential at 23. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn would’ve helped the Chargers draft Tagovailoa had Justin Herbert not been accessible in Los Angeles, and the Lions may nonetheless use one among their 4 first-rounders from 2022-2023 on competitors below heart.
Regardless of phrase of Tua’s availability, they’re reportedly not in on the Dolphins QB. They’d seemingly somewhat put extra eggs in a extra profitable basket, like a possible Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson blockbuster in 2022. But when Tua comes cheaply through a three-way deal, how may they not think about it? Teddy Bridgewater was at all times a low-ceiling stopgap. Drew Lock had his shot. Tagovailoa would not possess the big-play spunk John Elway prefers, however George Paton is the decision-maker now, and he invested in a “safer” QB (Bridgewater) this offseason. On the very least, Tagovailoa may provide a possible new employees a Jared Goff-esque trial-run placeholder.
2. Houston Texans
They’d in all probability somewhat begin from scratch at QB than spend a yr or two attempting to make Tua work as a substitute for Deshaun Watson. (Sports Illustrated‘s Albert Breer even suggested this week they like 2021 third-rounder Davis Mills over Tagovailoa.) However they’re a logical vacation spot by default; at this level, unloading Watson and his pending authorized troubles is extra necessary than instantly fixing their very own QB spot, and Miami is not going to maintain Tua onboard if it lastly trades for his substitute.
1. Washington Soccer Workforce
Ron Rivera has been looking for a possible fixture at QB since he arrived in 2020. Dwayne Haskins, Alex Smith, Kyle Allen, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke have all been band-aids on an untreated wound. In Washington’s eyes, Tagovailoa may very well be the correct mix of youth (long-term potential) and expertise (for a roster seemingly able to compete), therefore latest — however conflicting — reviews concerning the workforce inquiring about his availability. Fitzpatrick’s presence post-Miami is extra ironic than something, however Washington has at all times been one to work the veteran QB commerce market, so with cap area to spare, the dots join.
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