3 potential trade candidates for the Texans entering 2021 training camp
As the Houston Texans face a season of uncertainty with quarterback Deshaun Watson’s future and the dumpster fire which is the front office, they must focus on the future. With training camp just around the corner, here are some players the Texans could acquire via trade to improve their fortunes.
Courtland Sutton, wide reciever
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 find a legit starter now.
The Texans could also really use some more talent at the wide receiver position after trading away DeAndre Hopkins, even with Brandin Cooks on board now. These two franchises may be able to satisfy both their needs. By sending Watson, the Broncos can give away Sutton, two first-round picks and a second-round pick. While Sutton is no Hopkins, he can still provide WR1 type play. His physicality and hands are the most enticing part of his play.
Only 25 years young, he can instantly be the franchise cornerstone piece the Texans can utilize for the next five years.
Mario Addison, defensive end
As the team is entering a rebuild mode, they desperately need a leader in the locker room. They need someone who is a veteran and can teach the young guys the game. Trading for Mario Addison would give them just that.
As a former defensive end from the Carolina Panthers and currently playing for the Buffalo Bills, he has played multiple playoff games and still produces as at the age of 33 (Totaled five sacks, four pass deflections and 27 total tackles). With the Bills taking two defensive ends in the 2021 NFL Draft, they can afford to give him up to another team. The Texans should give Buffalo a call and see if they can acquire his services.
Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback
When Tua Tagovailoa was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the top five of the 2020 NFL Draft, expectations were high on him. Many people labeled him as face of the franchise. Others labeled him the solution to the team’s quarterback issue.
However, after one year of play, some are already questioning his talents and whether or not he is a bust. The Dolphins are currently in win-now mode and need a quarterback who is proven. Deshaun Watson clearly fits that bill (even though his offseason issues are heavily troublesome).
Exchanging QBs would be a blockbuster trade, as it would give both teams what they want. In terms of the Texans, they can have Tua get some reps and learn while the rebuild commences. The team should keep wrangling up draft picks and build around him. If they can show patience and experiment, it could pay off in a couple years.
While an insane and franchise-altering offseason is far from over, it’s time for the Texans to restart and build from the bottom up.