We’re only four games into the new campaign, but most fans would agree that the Washington Football Team has major questions to answer next offseason.
The most burning predicament of the bunch clearly lies at quarterback. While Taylor Heinicke might be the answer, his limitations are evident and there’s no way to know for certain if he’s the guy at this juncture.
Unless Heinicke sets the world on fire, you have to think Washington will at least consider their options next offseason, right? Whether it be through the draft (depending on how high of a pick they have, obviously) free agency, or via trade, it wouldn’t be surprising if there was a new face leading the offense next year.
Ironically enough, we’ve just stumbled across a rumor that would see the Football Team taking to the trade market to nab a new QB
You know how the Dolphins are increasingly linked with a blockbuster trade for Deshaun Watson? Well, per Miami radio host Alex Donno, Washington would be a part of that mega-deal by sending a second-round pick to the Dolphins for…Tua Tagovailoa.
Credit to Burgundy Blog on Twitter for digging this up.
A wild rumor claims Washington is interested in trading for Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
That’s, um, interesting.
While it’s encouraging to know Washington is seemingly aware of the need to find a long-term solution at the QB position, trading for Tagovailoa would make little sense. He likely wouldn’t help them much (if at all) this season, as he just landed on injured reserve with a rib injury, so it would clearly be a move for the future.
However, at that point, don’t you think the Football Team would be better off waiting to re-valuate their options in the offseason? After all, there are serious questions about Tua’s ceiling as a starter in the NFL. His injury history is one thing, but he’s also struggled to make the most of a promising situation in Miami.
Think about it. Tagovailoa is working behind a competent offensive line. The Dolphins’ rushing attacked averaged over 105 yards per game last year. Sure, his receiving corps was no great shakes in 2020, but DeVante Parker and Preston Williams are no scrubs and they added Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle this past offseason.
Tua finished 6-3 as a rookie, but his inability to maximize the talent around him was damning and resulted in him being benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick on numerous occasions after he was named the starter. What does that tell you about his ceiling? We haven’t even mentioned how good Miami’s defense is!
The jury is still out on Tagovailoa, but if he couldn’t flourish with all of those factors working in his favor, what evidence is there to suggest he’d flip a switch with Washington, which is further along in their rebuild than Miami?
There isn’t any. In other words, the Football Team would be making a serious gamble if they pulled this trade off. See what you have in Heinicke until Fitz is back healthy. If he isn’t the guy, then reassess the position in the offseason.
It’s worth noting that we wouldn’t overreact to this rumor. It hasn’t been confirmed by any local reporters or big-named insiders, so it might not have any legs. However, the fact it’s out there made it worth analyzing.
It’s pretty clear where we stand on it, though.