Texans’ owner Bob McNair talks Brock Osweiler trade, free agency

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Texans owner Bob McNair isn’t worried about his team being quiet during free agency.

The Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns shocked the NFL world when they came to agreement on a trade that sent quarterback Brock Osweiler to Cleveland.

Texans’ owner Bob McNair admitted on Monday night at the NFL owners meetings that he was shocked that they were able to unload Osweiler.

"“It was a shocker for me,” McNair said at the NFL owners meetings, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I couldn’t believe that Rick was able to pull it off. … It’s unbelievable. Everybody around the league, their jaws are still hanging open.“It’s something no one thought [about], and I think other people have looked at that, and they’ve been trying to do the same thing without success.”"

I’m sure McNair sent the Browns a thank you card for taking Osweiler off his hands.

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McNair also admitted that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien didn’t get to know Osweiler well enough before they signed him last year.

"“We didn’t know Brock well enough,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle. “Coach [Bill O’Brien] didn’t have a chance to get to know him.“That’s one of the problems with free agency. In the draft, we’re able to bring them to Houston, sit down with them, watch them interviewed by a bunch of coaches, and you have time to check them out.“You can’t talk to them before they become a free agent. You can’t work them out. We didn’t know him that well.”"

McNair needs to take responsibility for signing Osweiler before getting to know him.  Yes it is true you can only get to know someone so much in one or two meetings.  But Osweiler never met with the team because they signed him before free agency officially opened and that falls on the front office.

McNair isn’t worried about the fact that his team hasn’t done anything in free agency.

"“Yeah, you just have to be patient,” the owner declared. “You can’t force things…it’s a very fluid situation.”“If we had the opportunity to do something, we could. In the meantime we’re working on the draft, and, you know there’s some good prospects in there.”"

I’m sure McNair knows that general manager Rick Smith has a plan and all he can do right now is trust that it will work out for the best.

The good news is that the Texans already have a great nucleus of talent.  They can fill their gaps through the draft and by picking up free agents as we get closer to training camp.