3 Best Offseason Moves From the Houston Texans
The Houston Texans offseason will largely be defined by one poor decision, and it involved DeAndre Hopkins. The fallout of the star wide receiver's relationship with dual head coach-general manager Bill O'Brien sent D-Hop to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a swap of picks.
Later, Coach B.O.B. traded his original second round pick for Brandin Cooks, who will cost the Texans more cap in 2020 than Hopkins and provide less overall skill. The consensus all around the NFL was that the Texans got swindled in their haphazard trade-rush, but in between the rash dealings O'Brien has actually made some decent moves in an attempt to pick up the pieces.
3. Signing WR Randall Cobb
There were many reasons why the Cooks trade made no sense for Houston, like the fact that the draft class is loaded with cheap wide receiver talent that might be on par with Cooks in his current state, but another reason was Randall Cobb. The veteran slot receiver was picked up by the Texans just after selling on Hopkins, and it was looked at as a positive move. The two are similar types of players, and now Houston has a logjam at the position with Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, Cooks, Cobb, Keke Coutee and DeAndre Carter. The Cobb signing was smart, the Cooks trade was not, but at least Deshaun Watson won't be complaining about a lack of weapons anymore.
2. Signing DT Timmy Jernigan
After losing underrated defensive tackle D.J. Reader to the Cincinnati Bengals via free agency, the void at DT was real heading towards the draft. Bringing in Timmy Jernigan may not entirely replace Reader, but it was a necessary move that should work out nicely. Jernigan is a veteran previously with the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles, playing his role successfully in each defense during his tenure. He has 132 total tackles and 17.5 sacks in six NFL seasons.
1. Re-Signing CB Bradley Roby
Bradley Roby was an unrestricted free agent after his one-year prove-it deal with Houston, and it was imperative that the Texans re-sign him. For starters, good corners are in short supply these days, and Roby excelled in the Texans system last season. Secondly, they were able to lock up the former first-round pick for three years this time around. In a secondary that has been hurting for a while now, Roby will be looked to as the long-term solution.
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