Why the Texans Should Make Laremy Tunsil One of the Highest-Paid Tackles in the NFL

Jason Schandl
The Houston Texans need to pay Laremy Tunsil like the elite tackle that he is.
The Houston Texans need to pay Laremy Tunsil like the elite tackle that he is. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The Houston Texans addressed a clear need last season by shipping off a pair of first-round picks to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for star left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Tunsil had just two years left on his contract at the time of the trade, so now the team is facing a situation they knew would be coming — they need to ink Tunsil to a long-term deal. The two sides are allegedly still quite a ways apart on a salary number, with Tunsil wanting to be one of the highest-paid tackles in the NFL.

The Texans should bite the bullet and get a deal done on Tunsil's terms.

Deshaun Watson was the NFL's most-sacked quarterback in 2018, suffering 62 while nobody else in the NFL was sacked more than 56 times. Only two quarterbacks were sacked on a higher percentage of their drop backs than his 10.9 percent.

Those problems didn't disappear entirely with the addition of Tunsil, but in 2019, Watson was sacked 44 times with an 8.2 percent sack rate — neither of which were among the league's five worst marks.

We can't attribute the entire improvement to Tunsil, but when you look at his elite 88.2 pass blocking grade on Pro Football Focus, it's clear that he had a massive impact.

Now that Watson will be missing his best offensive weapon in DeAndre Hopkins, he's going to need even more help from the offensive line.

Taking away one of the league's best receivers from a 24-year-old two-time Pro Bowler then allowing his offensive line to revert to the state we saw in 2018 would be an egregious mistake. The Texans would be risking stunting the development and wasting the prime of one of the NFL's premier young passers.

Houston needs to stop playing around and pay Tunsil like the elite tackle he is.

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