The Houston Texans already made one big trade on Saturday, sending Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks, but it turns out they weren’t done making blockbuster moves. This time around it involves them landing a solid player in return.
Houston received tons of criticism for trading Clowney without getting back any help for its offensive line. Two of the assets in return were linebackers from Seattle.
After striking out in their trade with the Seahawks, the Texans finally upgraded their offensive line.
Miami is sending left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills to Houston for a package of picks, per NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Two of the picks from the Texans will be first-round selections.
It’s not official until the players pass their physicals, but the parameters are set.
Blockbuster: The #Dolphins are trading franchise LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills to the #Texans in exchange for a huge package of picks, including a first-rounder, sources tell me, @MikeGarafolo, and @TomPelissero. The moves are contingent on players passing physicals.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2019
Mike Garafolo is reporting that Miami will receive a pair of first-round picks and a second-round selection.
Trading a former first-round pick in Tunsil will hurt for the immediate future, but this is quite the haul.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 31, 2019
The key for the Texans is to keep their star quarterback healthy. Deshaun Watson took far too many hits last season, which isn’t ideal considering his injury history.
Adding Tunsil to the mix now gives Houston a franchise centerpiece at offensive tackle. He’s still on his rookie contract and is far more affordable than other trade options, such as Trent Williams.
As for Stills, he’ll give Watson another option to throw to down the field.
It’ll be interesting to see how players on the Dolphins react to this news, especially after earlier reports hinted that any trade involving Tunsil would affect the locker room.