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Houston Texans Reportedly Shopping 2 Defensive Players

A closeup of a Houston Texans helmet.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 26: A view of the helmet sticker honoring Robert C. McNair, the late owner of the Houston Texans, is shown prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on November 26, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

With final roster cuts due by next week, the Houston Texans appear to be open for business for any team in need of reinforcements on the defensive side of the ball.

ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler is reporting that Houston has discussed trading away defensive end Shaq Lawson and safety Lonnie Johnson. The reason the Texans are willing to part ways with these veteran defensive players is because they're no longer on the first-team unit.

"Two Texans players being heavily discussed in league circles as trade candidates, per sources: pass rusher Shaq Lawson and safety Lonnie Johnson," Fowler reported on Twitter. "Both players are used to prominent playing time but are second on Houston's depth chart as of now."

Lawson was traded to the Texans back in March. He's on the second year of a $30 million deal he signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2020.

Last season, Lawson had 33 tackles, 18 quarterback hits, four sacks and a forced fumble. Though he hasn't done enough to pass Jordan Jenkins on the Texans' depth chart, other teams might be interested in taking a chance on him.

Johnson, meanwhile, is on the third year of his rookie contract. He appeared in all 16 games for the Texans in 2020.

If the Texans can't find suitors for Johnson and Lawson, they might have to consider cutting them from their active roster.