After a strong year of persistent rumors, the answer to the question “Where will Deshaun Watson play next?” still unresolved. But the former NFL quarterback thinks he has the answer to the caller calling the signal.
Speaking to CBS Sports HQ, former New York Giants QB Danny Kanell believes Watson’s future lies in Florida.
“I look at the Miami Dolphins and I still think they make a lot of sense,” Cannell said. “You must have a franchise that is desperate enough to overpay. They used a lot of restrictions here and discipline in not making the move, but missing playoffs again, having to fire a coach again… (Owner) Stephen Ross is the guy who wanted To make a splash and miss the Harbaugh sweepstakes.”
“He needs to breathe some life into this franchise. I don’t think anyone is really sold on Tua Tagovailoa as a long-term answer. He’s improved, but I think it’s a bad move for them to bring in another coach, ask him to learn another offense. If you’re going to start Again with a new head coach, you give it to Deshaun Watson.”
Watson’s rumors to Miami are not new at all.
Since he first applied to trade, the Dolphins have looked like a natural fit thanks to the uncertainty of the position, and draft capital available – not to mention the fact that Dolphins were one of Watson’s approved teams.
However, one potential snag is coach Brian Flores’ recent departure. For a time, rumors swirled about their desire to work together, which has since led to new rumors of Canel’s old team, the Giants, becoming a major rival to Watson if Flores takes over there.
However, as with every rumor, though some say the move has become inevitable – recent reports suggest the two have never actually been in contact regarding such a scenario. (Although it was the same reporter who suggested they had been in contact.)
Then there is Ross himself.
Once again, there have been conflicting reports on whether or not he actually wanted Watson in the first place – given that Ross blocked the trade in November – or if their potential middle-end trade was being driven by Flores.
It’s also worth noting that Watson reportedly declined the opportunity to speak to Ross during the aforementioned potential trade negotiations.
“Ross tried to make a phone call to Watson the night before the November 2 trade deadline this season to see if the quarterback would resolve his legal status to facilitate the trade,” Athletic player Jeff Howe said, referring to Watson. Lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct. “Watson was not ready to settle down and refused to speak to Ross.”
Realistically speaking, it’s too soon to know where Watson will end up because there is a lot of uncertainty – in the first place, who will be the head coaches?
The NFL currently has eight slots for coaches, including Dolphins, Giants, and Texans. Then there are the uncertainties surrounding the futures of other quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.
And don’t forget that Watson is still waiting for his testimony on February 22nd, which of course will have huge repercussions one way or another.
There are a number of gears that will need to be put into place so that the team can pull the trigger at the end of the trade.
Miami was the safest bet last year — and now, no one is guessing.