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2020 NFL Free Agency: Bill Barnwell Grades The Texans

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You’ve already heard it from us. Let’s hear it from the professional football writing man.

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We’ve written about, and talked about, and analyzed, and cried, and complained, and done just about everything you can do after the Texans decision to trade DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson and a second round pick. Oh, and we flipped fourth round picks with the Cardinals, too. Can’t forget that.

The Hopkins trade has been at the epicenter of the NFL’s offseason, the only sport still going on. Other outlets have done the same. Bill Barnwell usually grades each and every NFL offseason move, and this is his grade for the Hopkins trade:

Cardinals grade: B+

Texans grade: F

Even by Bill O’Brien’s standards, the Cardinals and Texans made a stunning trade on Monday afternoon. Houston traded away arguably its second-most valuable player in star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, netting oft-injured running back David Johnson and a second-round pick in the process.

While I appreciate O’Brien’s thoughtfulness in giving us a fascinating swap to discuss in these sport-free times, I feel for Texans fans who just lost a franchise icon in the prime of his career. Here are my thoughts on what might be the biggest trade we’ll see this offseason.

He also gave the Ka’imi Fairbairn re-signing a C, the Bradley Roby re-signing a B-, and the Randall Cobb and Eric Murray signings a D+. You can read more of Barnwell’s analysis here.

Something that has been lost in the turmoil and meltdown created by the Hopkins trade is the rest of the decisions Houston has made. They have stuck to keeping their own players, besides adding Cobb to potentially replace Keke Coutee. The only move they’ve made to improve their terrible pass defense was to sign Eric Murray. All of this in spite the fact that Houston had plenty of salary cap space entering this offseason.

Everything has been a disaster so far.

Do you agree with Barnwell’s grades? What grades would you give the Texans’ free agent decisions so far?