The Houston Texans have reportedly made a blockbuster trade with the Miami Dolphins, sending multiple high draft picks to Miami for their franchise offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
The Houston Texans did what they had to do and finally got the offensive tackle they’ve been dreaming of, but it came at a costly price on Saturday with Houston gaining the services of Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Kenny Stills, a fourth-round pick (2020) and a sixth-round pick (2021) for two first-round picks (2020 and 2021) and a second-round selection (2021), plus tackle Julie’n Davenport, and cornerback Johnson Bademosi.
Adam Schefter of ESPN.com sent the following tweet out about the trade between the Texans and the Dolphins:
This is a big payout for the Texans, but they are receiving something they haven’t had in a few years — a player to protect their franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson — with the addition of Tunsil.
Though this trade isn’t official as of yet, the Texans have pushed all of their chips to the middle of the table and are going for broke with this trade, with head coach Bill O’Brien leading the way without the Texans currently having a general manager.
Not only is Tunsil a player they desperately needed as the offensive line in 2018 was the worst in the NFL, but the team had to do something that was going to make a difference from the very start of the regular season.
Though the future is up in the air with the loss of two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder, there is also the fact the Texans need to extend the contract of Tunsil as he’s an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
Houston’s offensive line will improved immensely with the addition of Tunsil once the trade is finalized as they were a unit a season ago that allowed 62 sacks in the regular season and three more in the playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Tunsil has played in 44 regular-season games in his first three seasons and has been called for just seven holding penalties, plus 13 false starts. In ’18, Tunsil allowed just one sack, but in ’17 he allowed six. For his three-year career, Tunsil has allowed 8.5 sacks.
This is a huge trade for the Texans, and check back for more coverage and opinions on all of the trades made by the Texans this weekend.