The NFL trade deadline is right around the corner and the Houston Texans could find themselves as sellers. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Texans are eyeing a fire sale at the deadline following the firing of Bill O’Brien.
Instead of hiring a general manager before the 2019 season, the Texans handed the title of GM to O’Brien. Despite the team’s confidence in O’Brien at the time, his flurry of trades as the team’s GM has left the team handicapped moving forward.
Due to a slow start in 2020, Houston moved on from O’Brien as the team’s head coach and GM. But whoever comes in as the next head coach — and hopefully the team hires a legitimate GM — they’ll be without a first or second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Plus, the Texans are limited in salary cap in the future, with them expected to be over the cap by $6 million in 2021. Given that, Houston could unload some of their veterans ahead of the league’s trade deadline.
Within the article by La Canfora, he highlights Whitney Mercilus, Zach Cunningham, Bradley Roby, Darren Fells, and Will Fuller as possible trade pieces. It also wouldn’t come as a surprise if Kenny Stills was moved by the Texans in the coming weeks.
Seeing that Houston is trending toward undergoing a rebuild, they’ll need to stock up on draft picks and shed some salary for the coming seasons. Taking that into account, expect to see the Texans be a popular team during the NFL’s upcoming trade deadline.