Wilson: '60-40' chance Deshaun Watson gets traded by Texans before deadline


The Houston Texans have listed Deshaun Watson as inactive for every game this season, but there's a chance that the embattled quarterback may soon receive an opportunity to play elsewhere.

According to a report from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans and Miami Dolphins are in discussion to finalize a blockbuster trade involving Watson before the NFL's trade deadline on Nov. 2. Although Watson has a no-trade clause, Miami is reportedly "high on his list" of preferred landing spots.

"I would say 60-40 [a trade] gets done. The reason I have a lot of trepidation about it is, there's a lot of moving parts," SportsTalk 790 reporter Aaron Wilson told The Zach Gelb Show on Wednesday. "There's other teams involved, it's not just the Dolphins in the sense of, that's a suitor. It's other moving parts, involving Tua Tagovailoa, and there's not a lot of enthusiasm for Tua from other teams and he's not a part of the conversation with the Texans.

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"So, the Dolphins need to work out that part of it, and that's a big wrinkle in this whole trade scenario. And there's the unresolved legal situation [with Watson]... With that hanging over this, it's very uncertain... So, by the trade deadline, it's very possible that nothing has been resolved in that [legal] realm. If you're the Dolphins, you're flying blind a little, because you don't know yet if he'll be indicted..."

Watson, a three-time Pro Bowler, is currently facing 22 lawsuits alleging acts of sexual assault and misconduct and 10 criminal complaints. Although the 26-year-old reported to Texans training camp on time to avoid daily holdout fines, he hasn't played a single snap since Week 17 of last season, and he remains under investigation by Houston police and the NFL.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to place Watson on the exempt list, which would keep him from playing but allow him to get paid until his legal matters are resolved. Texans general manager Nick Caserio has reportedly asked for three first-round picks plus two second-rounders in exchange for Watson, whose four-year, $156 million extension doesn't kick in until 2022.

It's also unclear what a potential trade would mean for Dolphins second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. In 13 career NFL games, the former fifth-overall pick has thrown for 2,358 yards with 14 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a 64.1 completion percentage. Miami (1-5) is currently in freefall, as they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London this past weekend.

The entire Texans-Watson conversation between Wilson and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.

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