Ex-NFL agent: Texans should trade J.J. Watt for Rob Gronkowski

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Would the Texans really trade J.J. Watt?

Former NFL agent and CBS Sports NFL analyst Joel Corry has made a case for the Houston Texans to trade star defensive lineman J.J. Watt to the New England Patriots in exchange for tight end Rob Gronkowski.

"The Texans defense didn’t collapse during his lengthy absence. Healthy for the first time, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney started living up to the potential that made him the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Surprisingly, The Texans gave up the fewest yards in the NFL last season.…A strong defense carried a weak offense, which ranked 29th in total yards, to a second straight AFC South title despite a negative-49 point differential for the season. The Texans defeated a depleted Raiders squad in a wild-card game before losing to the eventual Super Bowl LI champion Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs.The Texans haven’t been legitimate Super Bowl contenders since Watt was taken with the 2011 draft’s 11th overall pick. Getting past the divisional round of the playoffs hasn’t happened despite Watt’s dominance. The playoffs have been missed twice, including during one of his Defensive Player of the Year seasons."

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Corry makes some very valid points. The Texans defense was great without Watt and we really have no idea how good he’ll be next season after multiple surgeries.

But trading Watt for Gronkowski doesn’t make sense to me.

Despite the fact that Gronk is arguably the best tight end in the NFL when he’s healthy, he’s too injury prone.

There have been concerns over Gronkowski’s back since he came out of the University of Arizona. That’s why he wasn’t drafted in the first round.  Teams knew his back would always be an issue.

With Gronkowski turning 28 in May and the fact that his body will only continue to break down, trading Watt for him doesn’t make sense to me.

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