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Why Not Bring In Gerald McCoy?

J.J. Watt needs a wedding gift in the form of another Pro Bowl lineman.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

When Gerald McCoy got cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his potential fit with the Houston Texans seemed perfect. He’s a high character, highly productive, All-Pro player who does as much for his city as he does his team. McCoy embodies the ‘be the best teammate you can be’ philosophy, and Houston loves having a front seven overloaded with firepower. Losing second year linebacker Duke Ejiofor to a season-ending injury before the 2019 campaign even began makes the need for more talent in the front seven more glaring.

Enter Gerald McCoy, a surefire plug and play upgrade Houston can absolutely afford. Problem is, McCoy has been linked to half the league, and the half doesn’t often include H-Town.


Gerald McCoy, DT

The Buccaneers cut him for financial reasons (and signed Ndamukong Suh for cheaper), and McCoy spent the latter part of last week talking to AFC North teams. His ideal fit would be Dallas, where his interior pass-rush skills would solidify one of the league’s most underrated defensive fronts. But the Cowboys are focusing their financial resources on contract extensions for their own guys right now and don’t seem likely to outbid other teams for McCoy. If he doesn’t end up with Cleveland or Baltimore, watch out for the Colts, who have cap room and money to spend after a disciplined offseason.

What will it take to get the two sides to agree Houston needs McCoy and McCoy needs the Texans? Probably a lot more than any of us have the power to pull off.

But imagine a front seven consisting of Watt - McCoy - Jadeveon Clowney - D.J. Reader - Whitney Mercilus - Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham. Suddenly, Houston’s lack of stardom in the defensive backfield isn’t such a big deal anymore. “You get a pressure pick! You get a pressure pick! Everyone gets a pressure pick!”

And while we’re shopping, how about Morris Claiborne? Jay Ajayi? Come on, that $40 million is burning a hole in our collective pocket here!


Which current free agent do you want Houston to sign the most?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Gerald McCoy.
    (266 votes)
  • 9%
    Morris Claiborne.
    (37 votes)
  • 8%
    Jay Ajayi.
    (31 votes)
  • 0%
    Alfred Morris.
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Nick Perry.
    (8 votes)
  • 7%
    Muhammad Wilkerson.
    (29 votes)
  • 2%
    (10 votes)
383 votes total Vote Now

Who do you want Houston to pursue? Give us your pick, then ‘splain yoself in the comments section.