The Washington football team is not interested in Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. At all.
Several sources explained this to NBC Sports Washington on Wednesday after an internet rumor linked burgundy and gold trade talks with the former Alabama star.
But that doesn’t mean Washington isn’t interested in a quarterback.
Speaking with league sources, it became clear that Washington is not in love with any of the 2022 quarterback’s prospects, even though it looks like the football team could hold a high pick in the draft. the NFL next year.
Without a star college courier to focus on, Washington must consider options.
Of course, it’s possible that Aaron Rodgers will break free from Green Bay or Russell Wilson will part ways with Seattle, but Washington does seem like the touchdown point at this point given his 2-4 start and his difficulties on the defensive side of the ball?
Be honest and the answer is no.
A million reports in the summer of 2021 showed Rodgers eventually wanted to land on the West Coast. As for Wilson, his agent previously defined four cities the Super Bowl-winning quarterback would allow to trade, and none of them was Washington.
Maybe a veteran passer like Matt Ryan or even Derek Carr could emerge as a candidate, but Washington has been reluctant to pay for non-elite QBs for a while. The organization refused to pay Kirk Cousins his market value, and last year the team decided to go the Ryan Fitzpatrick route instead of negotiating big or paying big.
“They’re Wal-Mart shoppers,” an NFL agent said of Washington. “They’re looking for a good deal. Look at the track record.”
Despite an outdated reputation as reckless spendthrift, the reality is that Washington no longer opens owner Dan Snyder’s wallet very often. Currently, the team has the sixth salary cap available and for much of the past decade Washington has avoided chasing after high-priced free agents.
Last offseason, Ron Rivera targeted an expensive pair of free agents in wide receiver Curtis Samuel and cornerback William Jackson, but neither player reaches the Top 10 in 2021 at their posts.
Washington hasn’t changed the league since the draft picks were traded to acquire Robert Griffin III in 2012. Their biggest free agent moves of the past decade – DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman – have mostly come in situations bizarre where Washington was bidding. only against himself.
So if Washington doesn’t want to pay big and is reluctant to give away a plethora of draft picks, what’s left for the quarterback?
The 2022 draft doesn’t look like the answer, and Tua doesn’t look like the answer, but a player like Tua might make sense. A young mobile QB that is available for a price out of the box?
There are players who fit that profile and might seem intriguing, although the names don’t have jerseys flying off the shelves. Marcus Mariota and Mitch Trubisky come to mind. If a quarterback like Ryan Tannehill can reinvent himself, maybe Mariota or Trubisky can too.
It’s also worth pointing out that Taylor Heinicke may still have a future with the organization. He’s already shown enough that he’s in the NFL, he just might be best suited for a backup role.
Considering the injury history at the Washington post, a good, reliable reserve quarterback is valuable. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the long term answer. It’s possible that Kyle Allen is also in the rescue conversation, though Washington is unlikely to want to keep Allen and Heinicke long term.
Here’s the problem with Tua – if Ron Rivera really wanted it, the coach would have clinched the QB in the 2021 draft.
This does not happen.
Don’t expect it to happen now, either, but that doesn’t mean Washington isn’t looking at all of its options for a future quarterback.