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Tua Tagovailoa trade talks with Deshaun Watson heat back up

Tua Tagovailoa in the pocket about to throw a pass for Dolphins versus Chiefs
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Trade talks have happened before with Tua Tagovailoa and Deshaun Watson, but it looks serious this time.

The heat is on as John McClain, an NFL reporter for the Houston Chronicle, has a new update on the story. Per McClain, the Texans and Dolphins could have a deal finalized this week for Watson. He has 22 active lawsuits against him for sexual assault; however, the Dolphins are still interested in his services at quarterback. Watson, 26, was selected at No. 12 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He has two 4,000-yard passing seasons, including a career year in 2020.

Watson set career highs for completion percentage (70.2), passing yards (4,823), touchdowns (33), and passer rating (112.4).

His output for passing yards led the league, despite the Texans finishing at 4-12.

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He has voiced to the front office about wanting to be traded, but Houston did not find any suitors. Miami has an ace head coach (Brian Flores), a strong defense, and quality offensive pieces. Dolphin fans believe its franchise is a quarterback away from being a “win now” team.

Despite taking Tagovailoa at No. 5 in the 2020 draft, the native Hawaiian cannot seem to avoid injuries. He sustained medical mishaps at Alabama, and national media has harped on how it sees nothing special in his game.

Miami has lost its last five games since winning the season opener.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

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