Houston Texans News and Notes: Laremy Tunsil has surgery
Over the past few days, the Houston Texans had a few newsworthy items occur for the franchise, especially concerning offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil had offseason shoulder surgery this offseason, but according to multiple reports he’s going to make a full recovery. For the Texans and Tunsil, the good news is they are fixing the shoulder issue before the offseason really heats up.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported over the weekend the following about Tunsil’s surgery and recovery:
"“Laremy Tunsil is recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. The veteran blocker is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp, per sources.”More from Houston Texans NewsHouston Texans: Can Sean Payton really be the next head coach?Houston Texans Draft: Michael Mayer should be a no doubter at pick 12Houston Texans already telling fans the Davis Mills era is overHouston Texans have hand forced, waste no time in firing Lovie SmithHouston Texans: Pros and Cons of keeping Head Coach Lovie Smith"
Since Tunsil is reported to have his shoulder worked on now and to have a full recovery this shouldn’t be too worrisome, and the next step this offseason is hopefully getting a contract worked out for the long term for Tunsil and the Texans as he could become the highest-paid offensive linemen in the history of the league.
• Another move the Texans need to make this offseason is working on improving their cornerback roster, as they are going to need to add to the unit if they want to improve their defense. ESPN staff writer Sarah Barshop wrote about the Texans and a free agent who could help them, Byron Jones:
"“Cornerback Byron Jones might be the best available. Jones has played for the Cowboys since he was drafted in 2015 …”"
The issue in obtaining a contract with Jones isn’t his overall play, but he’s going to gain a very nice contract, and the Texans have players currently on the roster that need contract extensions like Tunsil and quarterback Deshaun Watson in the near future. If the Texans can work out a deal for Jones that can be cap friendly, he would be a great player to have on defense as he not only is capable of being a cornerback, but can play safety if needed.
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• Other Texans News:
– Houston of Houston: Brian K. Patterson wrote about how the Texans need to franchise tag D.J. Reader for the 2020 NFL season.
"“Drafted out of Clemson in the 5th round back in 2016, he has been nothing short of amazing for the Houston Texans. He’s incredibly gifted, skillfully infringing his presence on the defensive line for any given matchup.”"
That is high praise for Reader, and it is all well-deserved. If the Texans keep Reader on the roster for the ’20 season, it will be a nice short-term payday for Reader, but the Texans could be done with short-term solutions and might want to find their long-term answer instead this offseason.
• Ben Standig of The Athletic wrote about which teams are interested in offensive tackle Trent Williams, who can seek a trade from the Washington Redskins, and one team who seems to have interest is the Texans:
"“The Cardinals and Texans have expressed interest in Williams, according to sources.”"
If the Texans were to trade-and-sign Williams for a long-term deal, where would that leave Tunsil, and how much salary cap are the Texans willing to use on the offensive tackles?
It could be a smart move because if the Texans can protect Watson with two Pro Bowl-level tackles like Tunsil and Williams, imagine how even better of a quarterback Watson would be.