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The Texans Should Trade This Player While They Still Can

Tristan Jung
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien should trade this player while he still can.
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien should trade this player while he still can. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Houston Texans may have won the AFC South for the fourth time in five years, but another controversial offseason has many fans and experts frustrated. After trading star wide receiver D'Andre Hopkins and making some strange signings, the Texans' long-term success and financial flexibility have been damaged.

With so much money now outstanding, the Texans should find a way to trade cornerback Bradley Roby while they still can.

Roby was signed to a three-year, $31.5 million deal before 2019, but the first year of that deal didn't go as well as the Texans hoped. Sidelined for six games due to a hamstring injury, Roby struggled with form and wasn't up to the standard he set during his time with the Denver Broncos.

While Roby does have the potential to bounce back in 2019, his contract has $19 million in guaranteed money and will be tough to justify going forward. Deshaun Watson will deserve a massive extension in 2022, and the Texans spent a ton of money on Laremy Tunsil, David Johnson, and Randall Cobb this offseason. The Texans have also been unable to build much talent in the draft of late, especially after trading away their 2020 first-rounder for Laremy Tunsil.

The Texans also drafted cornerback John Reid in the fourth round, providing a potential fallback plan if Roby does get traded. The front office could conceivably use the first few games to see how Roby is playing before making a final decision. In an ideal situation, the Texans would want to keep their No. 1 cornerback, but that might not be possible.

Although the Texans have some other tradable candidates such as Duke Johnson or Darren Fells, Roby is the most likely to fetch significant draft pick value on the open market. Trading him in 2020 while he's 28 and has another year left on his contract would make sense. Otherwise, they might not have the chance given how much money he's owed in the future.

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