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3 Trades the Dolphins Can Make to Replace Tua Tagovailoa

Isaiah De Los Santos
Three trades the Dolphins can make if they decide to move on from Tua Tagovailoa.
Three trades the Dolphins can make if they decide to move on from Tua Tagovailoa. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
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Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had an up-and-down season, and it's raised some concerns from Dolphins players about his long-term viability. With active players on the roster already questioning his status as the team's starter, Miami needs to decide if Tagovailoa is the starter that can take them to being contender.

Here are three trades the Dolphins can make to replace Tua.

3. Trade for: No. 12 Pick

One option the Dolphins could pursue is sending Tagovailoa to the San Francisco 49ers, who are facing their own QB problem. Miami already has pick No. 3 and 18, so it can use those selections to fill out the roster. If Miami doesn't feel like reaching for someone like Zach Wilson with the third pick, the Dolphins could see how the draft shakes out and select their new quarterback at No. 12, while preserving their chance to nab a top weapon like DeVonta Smith at No. 3.

2. Trade for: No. 2 Pick

If the Dolphins aren't sold on the tier of QBs that includes Wilson, Jones or Trey Lance, they should see if they can pry the No. 2 pick from the New York Jets. For a talent-deficient team like the Jets, they could be intrigued by a possible trade with the Dolphins that centers around the No. 3 pick and either No. 18 or a few second rounders, which Miami also owns. Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields has played his way into a likely No. 2 overall selection, and the Dolphins might be kicking themselves if they let a talent like that get away.

1. Trade for: Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson appears headed for a trade, and he's the kind of star talent who would make the Dolphins instant contenders. Miami can offer its four combined first- and second-round picks, plus Tagovailoa, to entice the Texans. The Dolphins could even add in some 2022 picks to sweeten the pot. It'd be an enormous haul for Houston, but it's absolutely worth it for the Dolphins, who already have a championship-level defense in place. Watson would be the piece that puts them over the top.


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