General manager Bill O’Bryant is out there trying to make moves before the Texans’ Week One Monday Night Football matchup against the New Orleans Saints. This preseason, O’Bryant realized what everyone already knew: Matt Kalil is a disaster at left tackle. To atone for this, the Texans have been dangling Jadeveon Clowney, who still hasn’t signed his franchise tag, who still doesn’t have a contract, who doesn’t have to play somewhere he doesn’t want to, in various trade talks.
It’s the hottest, heaviest, and swampiest in Miami. New head coach Brian Flores allegedly loves Clowney. They’ve reportedly met, but Clowney wants to play for a contender. The Dolphins have a young left tackle in Laremy Tunsil the Texans desire. Tunsil is a good player and on the fourth year of his rookie contract; he’s due $10.1 million next year on his fifth year option. He’s a cheaper left tackle than you can find in free agency.
The Dolphins don’t want to lose Tunsil, so the Texans are raising their offer. According to the Miami Herald, Houston has offered Clowney and a first round pick for Tunsil, yet Miami is looking for even more. They want Clowney, a first round pick, and another high draft pick to make this trade.
NEW: New information tonight on where Tunsil/Clowney trade talks stand and what Miami wants: https://t.co/WjWFCS7Wt4— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 30, 2019
Clowney is a better player than Tunsil is. Clowney is entering the prime of his career. But Tunsil would go a long way toward helping Houston build a capable offensive line to protect Deshaun Watson. Still, there are too many holes to expect Tunsil to transform this line into something spectacular right away. Acquiring Tunsil would be a long-term move for Houston, at the cost of giving up a dominant player, disemboweling their pass rush, and depleting their draft capital to do it.