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Texans' Tyrod Taylor Signing Foreshadows Deshaun Watson Trade

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Houston Texans' signing of QB Tyrod Taylor seems to foreshadow a possible Deshaun Watson trade.
The Houston Texans' signing of QB Tyrod Taylor seems to foreshadow a possible Deshaun Watson trade. / Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images
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The Houston Texans find themselves in a standoff with quarterback Deshaun Watson, and it's unclear when (or how) the situation will resolve. Houston hasn't given a clear indication on a possible deal involving Watson since his trade request went public.

However, the team seems to have made a big statement with signing of Tyrod Taylor on Day 2 of free agency.

Taylor inked a one-year deal with Houston worth up to $12.5 million, which is a big chunk of change to pay for a theoretical backup. Only 17 QBs in the NFL currently have a higher average yearly salary over $12.5 million.

But, that number makes a lot more sense for a potential starter in the event that Watson is no longer on the team.

Aside from the salary, Houston nabbing someone who'd only be a backup currently on the second day of free agency seems aggressive unless they're preparing for a deal.

With 47 career starts under his belt, Taylor is certainly capable of stepping into the role. He likely won't push the team in contention, which will help Houston land a top draft pick in 2022, should they head for a rebuild.

And if the Texans get a top selection in this year's draft in exchange for Watson, Taylor would be a great veteran backup to serve as a mentor. It's a win-win signing for Houston, but it also seems to indicate a huge loss in the coming weeks.


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