Multiple outlets reported this week that the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins had increasing traction on a trade that would send embattled quarterback Deshaun Watson to South Beach.
While no trade has come to pass yet, there's certainly not universal agreement that such a pact would be a wise move by Dolphins general manager Chris Grier.
On Friday's edition of PFT Live, Peter King was very critical of the idea:
"...What John McClain has reported in Houston ... that he believes a trade will happen with Miami and Houston involving Deshaun Watson ... to me, I just think it's beyond a bad idea, I think it's a terrible idea.
"And it's a terrible idea because of so many things. One, that you have basically given Tua Tagovailoa less than a year-and-a-half ... I think he's had 12 starts in the NFL. You've given him 12 starts and now you have determined that he's not going to be your guy going forward. And when you do determine that, you not only take all of the draft capital and all of the capital you used to get in place to take Tua Tagovailoa, but now you use all of the capital that you're going to have to trade to get Deshaun Watson.
"So to me, I just don't understand it. Especially when, how in the world can you know -- unless you've gotten a nod and wink from from Jeff Pash or Roger Goodell or somebody saying that if you're Miami 'OK, we're gonna suspend him for X number of weeks and then we'll see what happens.' And then, you still don't even know what's going to happen in all these cases and how they'll be adjudicated in Houston with all the women that have come forward and accused him of something between sexual harassment and sexual assault."
Watson is facing 22 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct and a grand jury investigation in Harris County, in addition to a looming verdict from the NFL. All these allegations have come to light since Watson asked the Texans to trade him in January, shortly after the team went 4-12 in the 2020 campaign.
To this point, Goodell hasn't elected to place Watson on the commissioner's exempt list -- which amounts to paid leave -- as he sorts out his legal issues. That's because the Texans have essentially done that themselves, making the 26-year-old a healthy inactive for their first six games, while continuing to pay him the $10.54 million salary (which comes with a $15.94 million cap hit) that he's due to make this year.
If the Dolphins acquired Watson, they would seemingly attempt to play him until the league said no, whether it be by placing him on the commissioner's exempt list or suspending him. One would think that if the NFL did anything right now it would be to place Watson on the exempt list, but that wouldn't stop them from potentially issuing a suspension in the future depending on how these cases play out. Watson could also still be indicted.