Houston Texans have enough assets to be active in trade talks
Past trades have set the Houston Texans in great shape for the NFL trade deadline.
The Houston Texans will have the flexibility to be aggressive until the October 30 trade deadline due to last season’s trade that sent Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown to the Seattle Seahawks. That trade netted them a 2018 third round pick which turned into rookie offensive lineman Martinas Rankin, and a future 2019 second round pick.
In essence, the Texans will have all their draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft and possibly a very valuable second round pick from the Seahawks.
The Texans actually having a solid draft class in 2018 also gives them the ability to send draft picks for the right player. The front office alongside the coaching staff has drafted several positions of need in the most recent draft, addressing the secondary, offensive line and tight end position. They’ll be able to continue to monitor and develop safety Justin Reid, offensive lineman Rankin and tight end Jordan Akins.
All three of the players have shown some promising upside in their first year in the league, and the Texans could have possibly gotten good value in the mid-to-late rounds with wide receiver Keke Coutee, tight end Jordan Thomas and linebackers Duke Ejiofor and Peter Kalambayi.
When teams hit on their draft picks they’re able to go in the trade market and be aggressive on veteran players knowing they have young talent on affordable rookie scale contracts for years to come.
Jason La Canfora from CBSSports reported that Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson could be one of the players that Arizona Cardinals could be willing to move in their rebuilding process. La Canfora wrote:
"“Peterson could be a potential blockbuster that would put the Cardinals in position to make significant noise in the next few drafts.”"
A player of Peterson’s caliber don’t come available very often, and with the injuries that have struck the secondary, it would be prudent for Texans to inquire of his availability.
If the Cardinals are indeed looking to trade him, having him in Houston could be beneficial due to the fact that the Texans aren’t the in the NFC conference with the Cardinals.