What was the biggest move the Texans made this offseason?
The Texans didn’t do a lot this offseason, but one move in particular helped them a lot.
The Houston Texans have made some big moves this off-season, but I sit back and wonder which one has the most impact as they get ready to start the 2017 NFL season.
While the Texans didn’t make a splash at all in free agency, they did a lot of things to help their team going forward.
I’m going to list the two biggest moves that the Texans made this offseason and tell you which one I think will be the most impactful.
Getting rid of Brock Osweiler was huge.
Back in January everyone thought the Texans were stuck with quarterback Brock Osweiler for one more season since his 2017 salary has much guaranteed money attached to it.
Luckily, the Cleveland Browns were willing to take on Osweiler’s contract since they have more than enough cap room to handle it and still work to improve their roster.
Unfortunately the Texans had to give up a second round pick just to unload Osweiler. But it was a move that had to be made, because whether it’s Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson under center, either player will be better than Osweiler.
Trading up for Deshaun Watson.
Some people knocked the Texans for giving up draft picks in order to move up and select Watson in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
But Houston didn’t have a choice given the fact that they have no idea if Savage is good enough to be a franchise quarterback and their roster is loaded with talent that’s ready to make a Super Bowl run within the next one to three years.
All the Texans need is a quarterback that can manage their offense.
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Both of the moves that I listed above will help the Texans tremendously. But I believe that unloading Osweiler was the biggest one because it really allowed them to trade up for Watson.
If Houston had to keep Osweiler for another season, I don’t think the Texans would have taken a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft.
Houston would have likely instead gone into training camp with Osweiler and Savage ready to battle it out for the starting job.