The Houston Texans aggressive offseason moves indicate that they’re serious about the product on the field and are ready to win now. What’s going on?
Since the arrival of quarterback Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans’ fans have yearned for management and ownership to build a reliable offensive line around him, but all they have received are cheap signings and iffy draft picks.
After the departure of general manager Brian Gaine and the Nick Caserio debacle, owner Cal McNair decided to put a team in place to act as one general manager. Those four men are executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby, director of player personnel Matt Bazirgan, director of college scouting James Liipfert, and senior vice president of football administration Chris Olsen, though head coach Bill O’Brien is in charge of any kind of player personnel changes.
After an offseason of smoke and mirrors, a ray of hope was given when O’Brien made a blockbuster deal with the Miami Dolphins that netted the Houston Texans weapons that will make the team’s MVP caliber franchise quarterback even more dangerous than he had been.
Offensive left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wideout Kenny Stills were sent to Houston for a huge package of draft picks that will include two first-rounders (2020 and 2021) and a 2021 second-round pick. The Dolphins will also receive special-teamer Johnson Bademosi and tackle Julie’n Davenport in the deal.
This trade could be a sign of things to come for the next few offseason periods if this is the route that McNair goes and leaves O’Brien in charge of player personnel moves.
O’Brien’s aggressive overtures and willingness to give up draft picks could show his thinking when
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it comes to bringing players to Houston. Going into this past offseason, Houston had the second-most cap space in the NFL, but the money was used sparingly with Gaine in charge.
By making this trade, could O’Brien be acknowledging that he and the Houston Texans will be big spenders in the near future? The team cleared even more space by trading former linebacker Jadeveon Clowney earlier in the weekend.
Surely, if this was the Houston Texans‘ plan to improve by spending big and doing whatever is necessary to improve this team, it’ll be the likes of something this city has not seen out of the franchise since Rick Smith inked Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning back in 2011.
O’Brien’s willingness to make an impact trade before the season starts surely will give this team and city a spark, and on paper, it will make this offense something special to watch, even with the injury to starting running back Lamar Miller. The impact will be instant, but the long term outlook will loom very large for this team.
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