Sport What's next for Tua Tagovailoa, Odell Beckham Jr. and other key NFL trade deadline figures?
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With the NFL’s trade deadline rapidly approaching, a flurry of rumors centered around Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson popped up on Wednesday afternoon. The 26-year-old has been inactive for each of the team’s first six games after requesting a trade and then facing over 20 allegations of sexual misconduct, but momentum for a deal is […] The post Report: Latest On Tua Tagovailoa, Washington Rumors appeared first on The Spun.
The NFL’s trade deadline came and went with minimal buzz.
The Los Angeles Rams provided the only fireworks,on Monday, and the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday added some help for their beleaguered defense by .
But. Odell Beckham Jr. . And aside from a few smaller deals, the biggest potential trade candidates remained unmoved.
Texans likely to be active sellers at NFL trade deadline, expected to deal veterans
Houston is fielding calls about players on both sides of the ball. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that the Texans are seeking as many affordable, future pieces as they can acquire. Whether that’s draft picks or players early into their rookie contracts, general manager Nick Caserio wants to fill out his roster with young talent.Multiple general managers believed left tackle Laremy Tunsil would have been moved by the NFL trade deadline, but he is on injured reserve after thumb surgery. If quarterback Tyrod Taylor is cleared to play before November, he could draw interest from multiple teams.
Now comes the second half of the season, and aside from a handful of street free agent signings – or the scooping up of the few veterans released after unsuccessful trade efforts – the NFL’s teams will make their pushes for supremacy with what they have.
Here’s a look at what’s next for some of the teams and figures who either were or could have been the most affected by the deadline.
NFL TRADE DEADLINE WINNERS, LOSERS:
NFL'S BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS:
Deshaun Watson and the Texans
Although both sides wanted a divorce, general manager Nick Caserio never got the rich offer that he believed the Texans deserve for Watson. Though Watson remains highly coveted, potential suitors struggled with the idea of parting with so much for a player with still-unresolved legal matters hanging over him, as the quarterback still faces 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints from women alleging sexual assault and misconduct.
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And so, now the Texans will keep Watson stashed on the shelf until the offseason, when interest likely will be renewed leading up to the draft, at which time Houston should manage to finally secure the return they covet and need to rebuild the franchise. Perhaps by then, the lawsuits and investigations – by the NFL, Houston Police Department and FBI – will have been resolved.
Side note: Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who ranks 10th in the league with 585 receiving yards, was viewed as another possible trade candidate but also didn’t get moved.
Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins
Whenever questioned about the ongoing rumors about a potential trade for Watson, Brian Flores maintained that Tagovailoa was his quarterback. Now that Miami officially opted against pulling the trigger (for now), the questions will cease.
Tagovailoa said recently that the trade rumors hadn’t affected him and that he didn’t “not feel wanted.” But now, at least, he can truly focus on playing and proving himself without wondering if a midseason Watson trade would coincide with Miami sending him elsewhere.
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The 1-7 Dolphins should do everything they can to support Tagovailoa and position him for growth and success. They invested the fifth overall pick of the 2020 draft in him and still haven’t given him a full season’s worth of starting action to determine what they really have. Meanwhile, Tagovailoa should approach these last nine games as a chance to either solidify his standing in the minds of the conflicted Dolphins officials, or to showcase his skills for a future team willing to give him a shot at leading their franchise.
Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns
His father may have attempted to nudge the Browns towards trading him when hethat showed all the times Beckham has gotten open only to be missed by . But the deadline came and went, and the wide receiver remains a member of 4-4 Cleveland’s roster.
Beckham certainly has had his frustrations over his quiet season (17 catches, 232 yards, zero touchdowns), but the Browns are frustrated with his near non-existent impact as well. Not all of it is Beckham’s fault, but he also isn’t blameless.
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The Odell Beckham Jr. that we used to know is missing and might be gone for good. That’s a shame. Beckham was once one of the most exciting and popular players in the NFL. All we see now are vapor trails of excellence. A catch here. A run there. An occasional throw. Nothing like the Read more The post The Browns are haunted by the ghost of what Odell Beckham Jr. used to be appeared first on The Comeback.
Many wonder if he is fully healthy, or whether he has severely declined from his three-time Pro Bowl form. And those questions made for minimal interest in such a highly paid player, at least to the point that Cleveland couldn’t get real value in return.
The Browns and Beckham can only hope to make the most of the final nine games – although that could be challenging with Mayfield banged up and if Beckham also isn’t healthy – and then revisit this matter in the offseason.
Von Miller and the Rams
Sean McVay and Les Snead know top-flight passers like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, Kyler Murray and maybe Russell Wilson could threaten their team’s chances of reaching the Super Bowl. So they went out and got the best available guy to help derail any of those quarterbacks.
Now the Rams just have to hope for durability from Miller, who missed all of 2020 with an ankle injury that required surgery. The eight-time Pro Bowler is now 32 and has four sacks to start the year, though he hasn't notched one in his last three games.
Side note: The Rams tried unsuccessfully to trade wide receiver DeSean Jackson but found no takers and. Jackson's time in his hometown started off with a bang with five catches for 141 yards and a touchdown in the first three games. But his production and opportunities steadily declined. The 34-year-old still believes he can help a team. It’ll be interesting to see if he can catch on with a contender (Kansas City? Green Bay?) and offer a few deep-threat plays per game.
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Melvin Ingram and the Chiefs
. The unit has managed just 11 sacks (tied for second-fewest in the league) while surrendering 391 yards and 27.5 points per contest. So Chiefs officials hope Ingram can help nudge them toward improvement.
But does the 32-year-old have anything left in the tank? He started one of six games for the Steelers, recording one sack, a forced fumble and 10 tackles. Ingram didn't record a sack in seven appearances for the Los Angeles Chargers last season, and his last double-digit campaign came in 2017 (10.5).
The Chiefs also could have used another offensive weapon as they have yet to find a true replacement for Sammy Watkins and are struggling to move the ball consistently as defenses key on Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. But all they got was former New York Jets tight end Dan Brown, who hasn't had a catch in seven games this season. The same struggles that have plagued the Super Bowl runners-up all season could persist.
There was a possibility that the Packers could look to add more weapons to an offense that just. Cooks and Beckham both had their names mentioned in trade rumors involving the Packers, but Green Bay officials didn’t make any additions. So Aaron Rodgers will continue to roll with what he has, and he should have all three of his top receivers healthy again after injuries and COVID-19 thinned out the pass-catching corps.
There was a time this summer when Rodgers found himself a part of trade speculation. But all appears well in Green Bay for the time being., while the Packers are 7-1 and rank among the best in the NFC.
Why Odell Beckham might go unclaimed on waivers, even by teams that desperately need a receiver
There are only nine teams that can currently afford to add the receiver's contractOf course, if any team wants to claim Beckham, they're going to make sure they have enough salary cap space to absorb his contract, which is one big reason why we might end up seeing him go unclaimed this week. Under terms of his new deal with the Browns, any team that claims Beckham will owe him the rest of his 2021 pay, which is $7.25 million.
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