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Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa weighs in on Deshaun Watson trade rumors: 'I do not feel wanted'

Sporting News logo Sporting News 10/27/2021 Dani Mohr

Tua Tagovailoa isn't feeling so welcome in Miami. 

During media availability after practice Wednesday, Tagovalia offered his feelings on starting in Miami throughout the 2021 season. 

"I do not feel wanted," Tagovailoa told reporters. "I don't base my emotions about who says anything about me. I can only do my job. It's out of my control but I have the utmost confidence and trust that I am the quarterback of this team. Just off conversations that I've had with Flo ... I feel very confident."


Video: Tua Tagovailoa: 'I don't not feel wanted' by Dolphins (NFL)

The Dolphins have reportedly already agreed on trade terms for Deshaun Watson, who was accused of sexual assault earlier this year. However, Miami wants Watson's legal issues resolved before it moves forward with finalizing the deal. NFL commissioner Roger Goddell said Tuesday that the league hasn't confirmed enough information about the ongoing investigation to put Watson on the commissioner's exempt list, essentially forcing Miami to rely on Tagovailoa ahead of the Nov. 2 trade deadline. 

MORE: Deshaun Watson trade rumors

Although he missed three games after suffering broken ribs during the 35-0 loss to the Bills, Tagovailoa totals 835 passing yards and seven touchdowns through four starts with the Dolphins. During his previous start against Buffalo, Tagovailoa was sacked twice. Jacoby Brissett is still listed as his backup after totaling 689 passing yards and a touchdown with one interception in three starts. After he took over for Tagovailoa in Week 2, Brissett was sacked an additional four times by the Bills' defense.

Tagovailoa is expected to lead the Dolphins to Buffalo this weekend, where he is slated to rematch against the Bills. If Miami's offensive line holds up, Tagovailoa can avoid sacks and give the Dolphins a chance at offensive momentum. The game is expected to kick off from Bills Stadium on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. ET.

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