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Houston Texans Offseason Simulator (Win Now)

It’s time to win now

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Hello! This is the page for those that clicked on the Win Now option on the Texans Offseason Simulator article. If you did not click on the “Win Now” option (or if you are looking for the beginning of this interactive story), please click here to return to the original article.

Note: Once you have finished making trades and/or signing free agents, you will then make your way to the draft by clicking on a link that states something along the lines of “To the draft” or “Take me to the draft.” Clicking on this link will send you back to the original article, where you will then look for the prompt stating, “Click here if you are returning from the Win Now branch.” That will direct you towards your draft. Have fun!

With how valuable Deshaun Watson is, we have a few options to leverage him in order to leap right back into the thick of contention. Seeing as we are also releasing several big contracts from the 2020 season, we’ll have the opportunity to sign a few impact players in free agency, as well. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, he are your best trade offers that could get us back into the winning column:

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+19 Points

In Houston’s latest blockbuster deal, the Texans are sending Deshaun Watson to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Russell Wilson and a 2021 second round draft pick. In many ways, Wilson is just an older Watson, so he should plug into our offense with ease. Now that the quarterback question is solved, will we be signing any players in free agency?

To the draft

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+15 Points

In a move that will flip the NFC North on its head, Deshaun Watson is sent to the Minnesota Vikings for Kirk Cousins, Ezra Cleveland, a 2021 first round selection, two 2021 third round selections, and a 2022 second round pick. Kirk Cousins has had a lot of up and down moments in his career, but has certainly shown an ability to play well. Cleveland is a rising talent in the NFL, and will help our inner line. Now that the quarterback question is solved, will we be signing any players in free agency?

To the draft

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+17 Points

The Browns might be on their way to their first Super Bowl in franchise history as Houston packages Deshaun Watson to Cleveland for Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Sione Takitaki, their 2021 first and second round picks, and their 2022 first round pick. Mayfield isn’t Deshaun Watson, but he isn’t bad. OBJ is still a top five receiver, but only when he’s healthy. Takitaki started nearly every game at outside linebacker for Cleveland in second year, and played well. If all can improve and stay on the field, we’ll be a hard out. The addition of the suite of draft picks gives us a chance to turn this into a contending team sooner rather than later. Now that the quarterback question is solved, will be signing any players in free agency?

To the draft

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+16 Points

Jon Gruden finally gives the media darlings what they’ve been begging for since he came back to coaching: a Derek Carr trade package. Carr is sent to burn in his brother’s hell along Clelin Ferrell, their 2021 first, second, and third round selections, and their 2022 first round selection for Deshaun Watson. Carr is a good quarterback, with 2020 being his best year. Ferrell hasn’t been great since entering the NFL, but he has first round talent. Couple them with first, second, and third round picks and we might be able to hit the ground running in 2021. Now that the quarterback question is solved, will we be signing any players in free agency?

To the draft

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Welcome to free agency! With Russell Wilson at the helm, not much else is needed to put a winning team on the field. His skillset allows us to run a similar offense to what we had last year, making things even easier for the coaching staff. Although, we’ve absorbed Wilson’s hefty contract as well, meaning we can’t go all out in free agency. Here are your options:

None of these options are very appealing to me, so just take me to the draft.

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Welcome to free agency! With Kirk Cousins and Ezra Cleveland in Houston now, we’ve got our starting quarterback for 2021 and some security for the interior offensive line. Of course, if Cousins doesn’t strike your fancy, we’ll have a chance to draft a quarterback with our 14th overall pick (of course, several will be gone by pick #14). Before we get to the draft, however, there’s plenty of routes to go towards rebuilding in free agency:

None of these options are very appealing to me, so just take me to the draft.

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Welcome to free agency! With Baker and OBJ here, the quarterback is set for 2021 and our #1 slot is filled. If you don’t like Baker, though, we’ll have a shot at a few interesting quarterbacks with the Brown’s #26 overall pick. Right now though, there’s plenty of ways to clean up the roster through some key signings. Here are your options:

None of these options are very appealing to me, so just take me to the draft.

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Welcome to free agency! With Derek Carr and Clelin Ferrell in Houston, the quarterback spot is set for 2021 and our defensive line is somewhat improved. If you don’t want to keep Carr for more than a year, though, we’ll have a few quarterback options with the #17 overall pick. Right now, let’s focus on free agency. I’ve laid out a few paths for you, which one do you prefer?

None of these options are very appealing to me, so just take me to the draft.

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+13 Points

Since we are only spending big with one player, I decided to focus on the weakest spot on our team—the defensive line. I got EDGE Carl Lawson to be a new pass rusher, and signed wide receiver Rashard Higgins and center Austin Reiter. With these signings, we get a great pass rusher, a starting caliber receiver, and an okay center. Won’t change the face of the Texans, but will certainly help while still giving us some spending money for the future.

To the draft

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+13 Points

Since we are only spending big with one player, I decided to focus on the weakest spot on our team: the defensive line. I signed EDGE Bud Dupree to be a new pass rusher, wide receiver Rashard Higgins, and guard Kevin Zeitler. With these signings, we get a great pass rusher, a starting caliber receiver, and a decent guard. Won’t change the face of the Texans, but will certainly help while still giving us some spending money for the future.

To the draft

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+13 Points

Since we are only spending big with one player, I decided to focus on the weakest spot on our team: the defensive line. I signed EDGE Bud Dupree to be a new pass rusher, wide receiver Tim Patrick, and center Austin Reiter. With these signings, we get a great pass rusher, a starting caliber receiver, and an okay center. Won’t change the face of the Texans, but will certainly help while still giving us some spending money for the future.

To the draft

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+13 Points

Since we are only spending big with one player, I decided to focus on the weakest spot on our team: the defensive line. I signed EDGE Bud Dupree to be a new pass rusher, wide receiver Nelson Agholor, and center Austin Reiter. With these signings, we get a great pass rusher, a starting caliber receiver, and an okay center. Won’t change the face of the Texans, but will certainly help while still giving us some spending money for the future.

To the draft

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+16 Points

With the goal set in front of me of trying to make the defense much better through a few key acquisitions. I signed EDGE Haason Reddick, linebacker K. J. Wright, and slot cornerback Mike Hilton. Haason Reddick finally showed what he was capable of in his final year in Arizona, and lets hope he can continue to play that well in Houston. K. J. Wright has been a great linebacker for his entire career in Seattle, and can plug the hole Benardrick McKinney left. Mike Hilton has been a solid slot cornerback in Pittsburgh and will aid the secondary with his abilities (shouldn’t be too expensive, either). With these signings, all three levels of our defense should become significantly better.

To the draft

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+16 Points

With the goal set in front of me of trying to make the defense much better through a few key acquisitions. I signed EDGE Trey Hendrickson, linebacker K. J. Wright, and slot cornerback Malcolm Butler. Trey Hendrickson finally showed what he was capable of in his final year in Arizona, and lets hope he can continue to play that well in Houston. K. J. Wright has been a great linebacker for his entire career in Seattle, and can plug the hole Benardrick McKinney left. Malcolm Butler was a good #1 corner for Tennessee, and he should continue to be a good one while he’s in Houston (shouldn’t be too expensive, either). With these signings, all three levels of our defense should become significantly better.

To the draft

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+16 Points

With the goal set in front of me of trying to make the defense much better through a few key acquisitions. I signed EDGE Haason Reddick, linebacker K. J. Wright, and slot cornerback Mike Hilton. Haason Reddick finally showed what he was capable of in his final year in Arizona, and lets hope he can continue to play that well in Houston. K. J. Wright has been a great linebacker for his entire career in Seattle, and can plug the hole Benardrick McKinney left. Mike Hilton has been a solid slot cornerback in Pittsburgh and will aid the secondary with his abilities (shouldn’t be too expensive, either). With these signings, all three levels of our defense should become significantly better.

To the draft

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+16 Points

With the goal set in front of me of trying to make the defense much better through a few key acquisitions. I signed EDGE Justin Houston, linebacker K. J. Wright, and slot cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Justin Houston has been a solid pass rusher for years, and come on his last name is literally Houston! K. J. Wright has been a great linebacker for his entire career in Seattle, and can plug the hole Benardrick McKinney left. Janoris Jenkins has been an up and down corner, but he’s pretty great when he’s up (shouldn’t be too expensive, either). With these signings, all three levels of our defense should become significantly better.

To the draft

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+14 Points

Focusing on the offense is my favorite thing to do when watching football games, so I’m excited to tackle free agency the same way. I resigned wide receiver Will Fuller; and signed wide receiver Tim Patrick, running back Boston Scott, and center Ted Karras. I also like center Ethan Pocic here, but I fear he might be out of our price range if we’re looking to secure all these players. Regardless, Fuller is a bona-fide deep threat that showed he has the talent to be a #1 receiver, Tim Patrick is a giant receiver that would easily lock down the #2 spot and attract plenty of attention, Boston Scott is a do everything weapon, and Ted Karras could shore up some of our problems in the interior. Plug in a good quarterback, and this is an offense with some serious upside.

To the draft

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+14 Points

Focusing on the offense is my favorite thing to do when watching football games, so I’m excited to tackle free agency the same way. I resigned wide receiver Will Fuller; and signed wide receiver Tim Patrick, running back Boston Scott, and center Ted Karras. I also like center Ethan Pocic here, but I fear he might be out of our price range if we’re looking to secure all these players. Regardless, Fuller is a bona-fide deep threat that showed he has the talent to be a #1 receiver, Tim Patrick is a giant receiver that would easily lock down the #2 spot and attract plenty of attention, Boston Scott is a do everything weapon, and Ted Karras could shore up some of our problems in the interior. Plug in a good quarterback, and this is an offense with some serious upside.

To the draft

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+14 Points

Focusing on the offense is my favorite thing to do when watching football games, so I’m excited to tackle free agency the same way. I resigned wide receiver Will Fuller; and signed wide receiver Tim Patrick, running back Boston Scott, and center Ted Karras. I also like center Ethan Pocic here, but I fear he might be out of our price range if we’re looking to secure all these players. Regardless, Fuller is a bona-fide deep threat that showed he has the talent to be a #1 receiver, Tim Patrick is a giant receiver that would easily lock down the #2 spot and attract plenty of attention, Boston Scott is a do everything weapon, and Ted Karras could shore up some of our problems in the interior. Plug in a good quarterback, and this is an offense with some serious upside.

To the draft

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+14 Points

Focusing on the offense is my favorite thing to do when watching football games, so I’m excited to tackle free agency the same way. I resigned wide receiver Will Fuller; and signed wide receiver Tim Patrick, running back Boston Scott, and center Ted Karras. I also like center Ethan Pocic here, but I fear he might be out of our price range if we’re looking to secure all these players. Regardless, Fuller is a bona-fide deep threat that showed he has the talent to be a #1 receiver, Tim Patrick is a giant receiver that would easily lock down the #2 spot and attract plenty of attention, Boston Scott is a do everything weapon, and Ted Karras could shore up some of our problems in the interior. Plug in a good quarterback, and this is an offense with some serious upside.

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+9 Points

Avoiding big paychecks in a year that already doesn’t look good isn’t a bad idea, especially if you’re not planning on winning much in 2021. For this free agency period, I signed safety Rayshawn Jenkins, cornerback Michael Davis, and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. Rayshawn Jenkins is an underrated safety with some serious upside, Michael Davis has been a solid starter even though nobody knows about him, and Demarcus Robinson has always been a contributor for Kansas City. None of these players should demand a lot of money, and all have the chance to be starters.

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+9 Points

Avoiding big paychecks in a year that already doesn’t look good isn’t a bad idea, especially if you’re not planning on winning much in 2021. For this free agency period, I signed safety Rayshawn Jenkins, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. Rayshawn Jenkins is an underrated safety with some serious upside, Jurrell Casey has declined in the years but may turn it around somewhere else, and Demarcus Robinson has always been a contributor for Kansas City. None of these players should demand a lot of money, and all have the chance to be starters.

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+9 Points

Avoiding big paychecks in a year that already doesn’t look good isn’t a bad idea, especially if you’re not planning on winning much in 2021. For this free agency period, I signed safety Rayshawn Jenkins, cornerback Michael Davis, and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. Rayshawn Jenkins is an underrated safety with some serious upside, Michael Davis has been a solid starting corner even thought nobody knows about him, and Demarcus Robinson has always been a contributor for Kansas City. None of these players should demand a lot of money, and all have the chance to be starters.

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+9 Points

Avoiding big paychecks in a year that already doesn’t look good isn’t a bad idea, especially if you’re not planning on winning much in 2021. For this free agency period, I signed safety Rayshawn Jenkins, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. Rayshawn Jenkins is an underrated safety with some serious upside, Jurrell Casey has declined in the years but may turn it around somewhere else, and Demarcus Robinson has always been a contributor for Kansas City. None of these players should demand a lot of money, and all have the chance to be starters.

To the draft

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