This is a simple either or question that gets to the root of what process you’d prefer.
Fixer-upper or move-in ready?
A fixer-upper could create more equity, and allow you to build up your asset. But there’s more risk associated because of the unknowns.
Move-in ready is easier, and you know exactly what you’re buying. But it is usually more expensive.
That’s the genesis of the debate the Miami Dolphins organization will likely hold in the coming weeks as they internally discuss whether or not they should pursue trading for Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson, or continue to build around second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
The 25-year-old Watson is already a top-five quarterback in the league — and is locked up contractually for the next five years — so adding him to a team that possessed one of the NFL’s best defenses in 2020 could make the Dolphins and instant contender.
But keeping Tagovailoa, and staying the course with this rebuild, might get Miami there in time, if Tagovailoa develops into one of the league’s top-10 passers.
Instant contender, or keep building?
Here’s a breakdown of all the factors that could be associated with this decision: