Aaron Wilson reported that the Houston Texans have traded for Cincinnati Bengals QB Ryan Finley. It looks like there is a pick swap in what will likely be the 6th round that is also in the deal.
Texans acquire quarterback Ryan Finley via trade from the Bengals, according to a league source. Bengals were expected to cut him, instead they trade him to Houston, which now has Deshaun Watson, Tyrod Taylor and Finley on the roster— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 19, 2021
This trade is a late-round pick swap that allows the #Bengals to move up about 30 spots at the end of the draft. https://t.co/RPfsKPesJy— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2021
This comes as a surprise, as Wilson mentions that the Bengals were planning on cutting Finley anyways. While the compensation if picks are involved will be late-rounders, it may have been better to wait all of an hour or so to sign him as a free agent. Some outlets even reported that he had been cut.
Finley is entering his third year in the league after spending his first two years with the Bengals. In those two years, Finley started four games and had 3 touchdowns with 4 INT’s. He was also sacked 20 times.
Part of the appeal that Finley has stretches back to Nick Caserio’s days with New England.
Pretty much explains why #Texans acquired Ryan Finley. Lots of love coming out of the draft by Caserio and the Pats. https://t.co/75zy3pChH6— TXN (@JrlSportsTU) March 19, 2021
Also, thanks to Stephanie Stradley, we see more of why the organization may like what Finley brings to the table.
https://t.co/URy2JBKUnD pic.twitter.com/ag3Ux8vQga— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) March 19, 2021
Finley sounds like a smart, tough, and dependable young man. Regardless, he’ll join Tyrod Taylor and Deshaun Watson in the QB room for a while. While Tyrod should still get the nod first if anything happens with Watson, Finley would likely serve in a 3rd string capacity.
How do you feel about our new addition? Would you prefer to see Finley get the nod over Taylor? Let me know down below.