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Deshaun Watson trade rumors: Texans don’t consider Tua Tagovailoa ‘adequate replacement’

There is a potential hurdle within the Deshaun Watson-to-Miami commerce rumors, and his identify is Tua Tagovailoa.

In accordance with a report by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans do not contemplate Tagovailoa, coming off his rookie season, “an sufficient substitute” to their three-time Professional Bowl quarterback:

“Miami has a quarterback with upside in Tua Tagovailoa, however that might be a deal-breaker for the Texans,” Wilson reported. “Tagovailoa isn’t considered a quarterback the Texans will view as an sufficient substitute for Watson, based on a number of league sources.”

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If the Texans need what they contemplate “an sufficient substitute” for Watson, they’d possible be higher off approaching one of many 4 remaining playoff groups or abandoning that notion altogether to deal with the draft. On prime of Tagovailoa, most commerce breakdowns even have Miami delivery Houston each its third and 18th total picks — to not point out future picks — in return for Watson.

Tagovailoa did not have fairly the rookie season as a few of his friends — he accomplished 186 of 290 passes (64.1 %) for 1,814 yards and 11 touchdowns to 5 interceptions — however the Dolphins additionally had what was thought-about one of many weaker receiving corps and offensive strains within the league. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey additionally resigned after the season.

Watson, based on a Jan. 10 report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, was open to considering a trade to the Dolphins regardless of the no-trade clause in his $156 million contract. Different groups have since joined the Watson sweepstakes, together with fellow AFC East contestants New England and New York.

Nonetheless, it appears extra a matter of “when” than “if” Houston trades Watson. In accordance with a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Texans really feel as if he “has played his last snap” for the crew, contemplating his anger over the crew’s hiring practices for its new GM and open head coach place. Whether or not the Dolphins — or one other suitor — can put collectively an attractive sufficient supply to safe Watson stays to be seen.

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