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Report: Deshaun Watson Refused To Speak With NFL Owner

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on the field wearing a towel.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 06: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans reacts during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

In the latest twist in the Deshaun Watson saga, an article published by The Athletic revealed that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross did in fact want to acquire Deshaun Watson, despite conflicting reports.

Per Jeff Howe, Ross attempted to contact the quarterback before this season's trade deadline. However, Watson "refused" to speak with the owner.

“The reality is Ross also wanted Watson to be a Dolphin,” Howe wrote. “Ross tried to set up a phone call with Watson the night before the Nov. 2 trade deadline this season to see if the quarterback would resolve his legal situation to facilitate a trade. Watson wasn’t prepared to settle and refused to speak to Ross." “The [Houston] Texans have wanted at least five assets, including three first-round picks, in any trade for Watson, according to sources," he continued. Adding, "They also have no plans to reduce those demands when trade discussions resume this offseason." “If Ross didn’t want to deal for Watson — because of Watson’s legal situation or the price to acquire him –— the Dolphins owner could have simply rejected the idea," Howe concluded. "Ross instead tried to lead the acquisition.”

Deshaun Watson remains embroiled in ugly legal matters that tie him to sexual misconduct accusations from 22 different women. He did not see the field this season for the Houston Texans.

Meanwhile, Tua Tagovailoa remains in limbo as far as his future as the Dolphins' franchise QB.