Miami Dolphins helmet sits on the field during warmups before a regular season Week 8 NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Houston. The Texans beat the Dolphins 42-23. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)

Dolphins close door on Watson trade

Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier discussed the possibility of a Watson trade with reporters at the NFL Combine on Wednesday. Grier made it clear that Miami is not a potential trade destination for Deshaun Watson.

Watson to Miami Talk

The former Texans quartback announced that he wanted out of Houston when he requested a trade prior to last season. The announcement came shortly after Houston hired head coach David Culley in January. ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that the submitted request came weeks prior to Culley’s hiring, and not as a response to it.

Significantly, alongside reports that Watson wanted out of Houston, were reports that Miami could be a potential landing spot. Miami being the most mentioned potential trade destination was because of his desire to play under head coach Brian Flores.

Miami trading for Watson became uncertain last year, as he began facing legal trouble when he was accused of sexual assault and misconduct. Furthermore, after Miami fired Flores, the team’s commitment to pursuing Watson in a trade faced further questioning.

Miami’s general manager Chris Grier laid those questions to rest on Wednesday when he said “the door is shut on Deshaun.”

Grier elaborated and said that the organization is committed to QB Tua Tagovailoa. He said that the organization believes he will thrive in Head Coach Mike McDaniel’s offense.

The Future of Miami

Newly hired Dolphins head coach McDaniel has made it clear that Tua was his guy. Tagovailoa came off of an injury and struggled to find consistency in play in his second NFL season. There were also rumors of a strained relationship between Flores and Tagovailoa. This combination led to the assumption that Miami would make way for Watson to land in Miami.

When the Dolphins hired McDaniel in February, he publicly endorsed Tua in an interview with ESPN. McDaniel said that he knows Tagovailoa’s skill set. He also said that the skill set will be very successful in his offense.

McDaniel told Tagovailoa after his hiring that he is “all in” regarding their relationship. Offensive coordinator Frank Smith has also been vocal about his support of Tua. He said that he is “super excited” to work with the former Alabama QB.

With the confirmation of ruling out Deshaun Watson, it is evident that the future of Miami lies in the hands of the former fifth overall draft pick.

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