The Texans should not acquire Trent Williams. The players on the Texans’ 2019 offensive line are already in the building, and these are the guys they’re going to play with. Yes, Redskins LT Williams wants out of Washington D.C., but this is not the place for Williams.
Williams has put himself on the trade block due to his displeasure with the Redskins organization, but it’s still in question if the team is willing to trade him. There’s multiple factors at play here: the Redskins drafted tackle Geron Christian in the third round in 2018, unsatisfied contract negotiations, and recent medical procedures has turned the player-team relationship sour. For whatever reason it may truly be, the Texans are not the solution to William’s problems.
According to Spotrac, Williams has two years and over $24M left on his luxurious contract. He’s the second most expensive left tackle in the league and would completely zap the Texans’ salary cap.
Not only would Williams be expensive, but it would cost the Texans future draft picks to acquire him. Mortgaging the future for a 31-year old left tackle who is rehabbing from thumb, knee, and rib injuries would hinder this organizations current and future success. He’d ultimately be a vacuum of time and space. It would be inter-dimensionally bad.
The one thing that comes to mind when I think of trading for Williams is the Texans signing Ed Reed in 2013. Reed, who was recently inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, had surgery in the offseason before he signed and was a bust for the team. He was nothing like the Ed Reed of old and was a complete liability in the secondary. The failed Ed Reed experiment set the Texans’ secondary in a spiral that they’re still trying to get out of. The Texans must learn from that errant signing; stay away from veteran stars looking to prolong their careers longer than they should be.
Do you remember in 2011 when the Texans signed both Jonathan Joseph and Daniel Manning for the price of one Nnamdi Asomugha? Well, it turned out that two was way better than one, and Asomgha began to fade as an elite corner. If the Texans look to invest in Williams, they’d not only be giving up future draft picks in the trade, but they’d also hamper themselves in free agency for two maybe three years. In this deal, the odds maybe even greater than two against one against the Texans.
The Texans’ investment in the left tackle position may be bleak and fruitless now, but the organization knows what its doing. They purposely passed on currently more developed offensive lineman like Cody Ford, Jawaan Taylor, Dalton Risner, and Greg Little for a more long-term player in Tytus Howard because they’ve seen the benefit of waiting to develop a guy like Duane Brown. Sometimes throwing them in the fire isn’t the best course of action. Brisket cooks for 12-14 hours for a reason; its better that way.
It may actually be a good thing the Texans do not have a general manager that can “pull the trigger” on a deal. The mythical Cerberus that is the Texans’ front office may not actually bite on this potential trade because they cannot build a consensus in the room as easily as it could be with a GM at the helm.
Let’s get hypothetical. If the Texans trade for Trent Williams, he guarantees your 32 regular season games with no Deshaun Watson injury.
Under this premise, it’s hard for your eyes to not gloss over at the mere concept of a fully healthy Watson for two more seasons. Completely disregarding the fact that the rest of the offensive line is still inept with or without Williams, this proposition still leaves a lot to be desired. First, with all of the injuries Williams has incurred over the last two years, he is nowhere near as mobile enough for Houston’s zone offense. As well, a healthy Watson doesn’t mean that he’s performing well. Certainly a vertical Watson is better than a horizontal (injured) Watson, but Williams is far from perfect and Watson’s blindside won’t be guaranteed safe with Williams at LT.
The Texans desperately need to improve upon last year’s offensive line. However Trent Williams is not the solution for the Texans. The opinion could be completely different than mine in the Texans front office, and we will certainly find soon where the Texans stand on Williams.