As the Houston Texans face a season of uncertainty with the future of quarterback Deshaun Watson and the dumpster fire that is the front office, they need to focus on the future. With training camp just around the corner, here are some players the Texans could acquire through trading to improve their fortunes.
Courtland Sutton, wide receiver
The Denver Broncos have one of the worst quarterback situations in the NFL. With Drew Lock underperforming and Teddy Bridgewater acting as a “bridge” player, the Broncos organization must now find a legitimate starter.
The Texans could also really use a little more talent at the wide receiver after trading DeAndre Hopkins, even with Brandin Cooks on board now. These two franchises may be able to meet both their needs. By sending Watson, the Broncos can give Sutton, two first-round picks and one second-round pick. Although Sutton is not Hopkins, he can still provide WR1 type play. His physique and his hands are the most attractive part of his game.
At just 25, he can instantly be the cornerstone of the franchise Texans can use for the next five years.
Mario Addison, defensive end
As the team enters rebuild mode, they are in desperate need of a leader in the locker room. They need someone who is a veteran and can teach kids how to play. Trading for Mario Addison would give them exactly that.
As a former Carolina Panthers defensive end and currently playing for the Buffalo Bills, he has made several playoff games and still produces at the age of 33 (total of five sacks, four passing deflections and 27 total tackles). With the Bills taking two defensive ends in the 2021 NFL Draft, they can afford to cede it to another team. The Texans should call Buffalo and see if they can acquire his services.
Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback
When Tua Tagovailoa was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the top five in the 2020 NFL Draft, expectations were high for him. Many people have called him the face of the franchise. Others have called it a solution to the team’s quarterback problem.
However, after a year of playing, some are already wondering about his talents and whether or not he is a bust. The Dolphins are in a win-now mode right now and need a proven quarterback. Deshaun Watson clearly fits this bill (although his offseason issues are very troublesome).
Trading QBs would be a successful trade, as it would give both teams what they want. As for the Texans, they can ask Tua to get reps and learn while the rebuild begins. The team should continue to wrestle over draft picks and build around him. If they can show patience and experimentation, it could pay off in a few years.
With a senseless, franchise-modifying offseason far from over, it’s time for the Texans to reboot and build from the bottom up.