I saw an interesting piece today by David Hyde at the Sun Sentinel discussing the ways the Dolphins can use the money that they just saved by cutting Kyle Van Noy. Among other scenarios, Hyde seems in love with the idea of bringing in Watson. It’s ridiculous that a Dolphins columnist could be so clueless.
Again, Watson is a great player. But the drawbacks to signing him are tremendous and far outweigh the good he would bring to the Dolphins. Among these drawbacks would be that we’d have to give up on Tua, plus additional draft picks. In exchange, we’d get a guy who whines and is a constant threat to hold out if he doesn’t get his way. We’d get a guy who is not a leader (is there any question that JJ Watt was the heart and soul of that team?). We’d be forever (I mean for many many years) keeping one on on Tua and his stats. Yes, Watson could be an excellent Dolphin and Tua could bust in Houston. then we’d have the last laugh. But I see it the other way around. I see us in 5 years watching Tua blossom in Houston and kicking ourselves in the head for making such a stupid trade way too soon in Tua’s career.
The Dolphins have slowly and carefully begun to cross over from a team that tries anything and everything in the trade market and free agent market, into a team that instead carefully plots its course and fills in the gaps with players who the coaches know and trust. Players who are content and glad to be Dolphins. Let’s hope that continues.