MIAMI -- Rumours swirled Monday about the Miami Dolphins' interest to quarterback Deshaun Watson. Coach Brian Flores stated that the team is looking for players with "high character".
According to reports, the Dolphins declined to confirm or deny that they had entered into trade talks to acquire Watson (the Houston Texans' star) who was accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed by 22 women.
Watson and his lawyers denied any allegations against him. Although no charges have been brought against Watson, his availability for the NFL's season this year is uncertain. Houston police and NFL officials are both investigating.
Flores did not talk about Watson specifically, but he discussed the Dolphins' philosophy when it comes to acquiring players who are in need of a fresh start.
Flores stated that there are many things we consider when making decisions, including fit on the team, overall talent and salary cap. When we talk about a player, we always try to do the best for Miami Dolphins. There are many variables. We are looking for a group who is smart, tough, competitive, enjoys playing, and is team-first. These are the type of men we want.
"We hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to the people in our organization. We are looking for people with high character in the building."
The Dolphins won their last exhibition game Sunday, despite pundits and fans arguing about whether to trade for the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
Flores stated that there are always rumors and speculations, as well as some distractions. "As a team, we have to keep that stuff out of our way and just play. They did it Sunday. This is something that all players in the National Football League deal with. There is always something happening, always speculation or controversy. We ignore it, block it out and move on."
Any interest in Watson would indicate a lack commitment to TuaTagovailoa. He was a top-five draft pick last year and has had a solid training camp. Watson will start his second NFL season at New England on Sept. 12.
Flores stated that Flores has taken a significant step in leadership and worked with his team to make things right. He is asking us more questions as a coaching staff. He has made great strides.
"There is still much to be done. We hope to continue making improvements."