As we press toward the start of the regular season, rumors surrounding Jadeveon Clowney continue to spin.
After Thursday's preseason game versus the New Orleans Saints, coach Brian Flores brushed aside the gossip.
Flores' response isn't exactly an emphatic, "Not a chance."
The Dolphins' offensive line is already a disaster. Take away the best player, and it collapses onto itself like a baby star that never got to blast light into the cold darkness of space.
Brace for a potential uprising in South Beach.
The Dolphins have the 25-year-old under contract for the next two seasons at a bargain rate. With the dearth of left tackles throughout the NFL, would Miami be willing to part with one of the rising young studs? Trade Tunsil and they could find themselves in the exact same situation Houston sits in a couple years. Also, how would the Dolphins expect to evaluate their quarterback situation behind a Tunsil-less offensive line?
Even if there is "no trade in place," as Flores said, and none ever materializes, it can't be good for the relationship between Miami's brass and its best young player that the team's willingness to consider moving on has become public.