Bradley Roby was easily the best cornerback on the Texans’ roster. Note the use of the past tense in the preceding sentence, as Roby was traded to the Saints this morning.
As of the drafting of this post, we do not yet know what the Texans received in return for Roby. Presumably it’s a draft pick or two, but it remains to be seen what round(s) said pick(s) are from. We do, however, know that Roby’s departure clears more than $9.2 million in cap space in 2021 (plus millions more in 2022) as the Texans will no longer be responsible for the last two years of the extension Roby signed in March of 2020.
Edit, $9,266,340 savings in 2021. $882,353 in dead money in 2021. https://t.co/jOl1pEFeht— TexansCap (@TexansCap) September 8, 2021
There’s no way to spin this as a positive move for the Texans when it comes to winning games in 2021. They were going to be awful before this, and losing Roby exposes a bare secondary even further. I mean, Vernon Hargreaves III could very well have been a starting cornerback for Houston against the Jaguars on Sunday; Roby’s departure virtually guarantees that’ll be the case, which in turn assures that the Texans will be as vulnerable against the pass as they’ve ever been.
But rational followers of the Texans know it’s never been about winning games this year; it’s about positioning the team to be better in the future. Assuming Nick Caserio receives a real draft asset (is a third rounder too much to ask?) in this deal, I can support the decision. What say you?
UPDATE: While the Texans appear to have settled on shipping Roby to New Orleans, what they’ll be getting back remains unknown (or at least not public).
David Culley said trade talks for Bradley Roby are “still ongoing.”— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) September 8, 2021
UPDATE II: The Texans are reportedly going to be paying a good chunk of Roby’s salary this year, which will allegedly lead to multiple draft picks coming to Houston from New Orleans.
Texans are converting $7.6 million of Bradley Roby's $8.972 million salary into a signing bonus in trade of corner to Saints, according to league source. Texans are expected to receive more than one draft pick in exchange for Roby, according to sources— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 9, 2021
UPDATE III: And there it is. The Texans will receive a 2022 third round pick and a conditional pick in the 2023 NFL Draft from the Saints in the trade.
Compensation update: Texans are trading CB Bradley Roby to the Saints today in exchange for a 2022 3rd-round pick and a conditional pick in 2023, per sources. Texans paid $7 million of Roby’s salary this season and Saints will pay remaining $1.8+ million.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2021
UPDATE IV: That conditional pick in 2023 is a sixth-rounder.
Final note on the Bradley Roby to New Orleans trade to New Orleans: the 2023 draft pick is a conditional sixth round choice. So a 2022 third and a 2023 conditional sixth head to Houston.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 9, 2021