The Houston Texans are currently in active negotiations with left tackle Laremy Tunsil and they’ve officially set the price floor. What’s going on?
The Houston Texans are in the midst of doing their due diligence in terms of finding the best free agents available to help this team out while preparing for the NFL Draft, which is still scheduled to happen right on time toward the end of this month.
Randall Cobb tops the list of the free agents that have been signed by the Houston Texans along with Eric Murray and Jaylen Watkins to help out the secondary. But the team did re-sign some of their own guys by bringing Bradley Roby, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Bryan Anger and Brandon Dunn to name a few.
The biggest deals that will be made for the foreseeable future are going to be for quarterback Deshaun Watson and left tackle Laremy Tunsil, to which both are going into the back end of their rookie deals.
Since these two players are some of the most important to their team, it’s apparent that the franchise is eager to get these guys locked up as soon as possible.
There have been estimates as much a $300 million over the next half-decade that could be tied up between those two players and I absolutely have no problem with it.
There’s still plenty of time to work on it before the season starts so I suspect that both sides will have deals done for both when it’s all said and done.
In addition, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that negotiations are underway for Tunsil and things have been going well so far.
The Houston Texans have set the price floor at $18.5 million per season in a likely five-year deal, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL, just a smidgen past Lane Johnson who is currently on a five-year, $72 million deal.
Tunsil hasn’t agreed to those terms so obviously, he wants a bit more cash to drop into the
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bucket. He could want as much as $20 million per season in order for him to be happy.
It’s still unclear if he is handling the negotiations himself as he fired his representation recently — CAA was his agency — but it’s a smart move because he doesn’t have to worry about paying a middleman to handle the work for him and he’d get 100 percent of the revenue that’s coming in.
Tunsil had a rocky start with the Houston Texans shortly after being acquired via trade before the start of last season but things smoothed out over time. He allowed just three sacks but it was his double-digit penalties — mostly false starts — that was the eye-opener. That’s something that I don’t see being a problem in the future and he’ll be the model left tackle for the NFL for years to come.
This franchise is lucky to have him and are in thankfully a position to negotiate a new contract for him.
We’ll just have to see how this goes!