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2020 NFL Trade Deadline: Houston Texans Trade Rumors Heating Up

At 1-6, there are no limits.

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The Houston Texans are 1-6. The season is over from a win-loss standpoint. It’s all about enjoying the little things, the right here and right now, and seeing what changes can be made now for future endeavors. This means playing Jonathan Greenard instead of Whitney Mercilus. It also means the Texans should stop rushing Jacob Martin on the interior.

It also means trades. There isn’t a player on this roster, aside from Deshaun Watson, who is not expendable. Brandin Cooks, David Johnson, Keke Coutee, Kenny Stills, Will Fuller V, Whitney Mercilus, and even J.J. Watt. There’s nothing too exotic. No trade idea is too outlandish.

The Texans know this even if they don’t really have a general manager. The rest of the NFL knows it as well. According to Romeo Crennel, proposed trades have been tossed around, but there’s nothing definite.

Aaron Wilson reported the Texans have received offers, but teams are offering scant in return right now. That’s because at least in part, the Texans, when Bill O’Brien was masterminding ill-advised trades, screwed up the entire marketplace. Nothing makes sense anymore. Here’s an inside look at the Texans current trade talks:

“Other teams might look and feel like we’re vulnerable and might be willing to make a trade,” Crennel said Monday morning during a Zoom video call. “Most of the time in this situation, they’re offering peanuts, and not offering legitimate trade value.”

Among the players linked to trade rumors: wide receivers Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills, defensive end J.J. Watt, outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus and running back Duke Johnson.

Crennel said that the personnel department, which is led by interim general manager Jack Easterby, keeps him informed of all potential moves and loops him into the conversation.

“They’ll come to me and we’ll sit down and make a decision on what we feel is best for the team,” Crennel said. “I’ve been informed of some possibilities, but nothing definite right now.”

No matter what their franchise quarterback says, adding draft picks and cost effective players to improve Houston’s resource pool going forward is the right move. Bill O’Brien went all in on 2020, and he failed miserably. The Texans are without a first and second round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They are over the salary cap entering next offseason. Every opportunity to remedy one or both of those problems needs to be explored as we head closer to November 3rd.

tNo matter what n his heart, adding draft picks, and cost effective players to improve Houston’s resource pool is the right move. Bill O’Brien went all in on this year. He failed. The Texans are without a first and second round pick next year, and are over the salary cap entering next offseason. Every opportunity needs to be explored as we head closer and closer to November 3rd.