Past trades have not been the friend of the Houston Texans.
The Houston Texans trading quarterback Deshaun Watson may not go down with the greats like Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings, as remember, it was the trade that brought a Super Bowl team to the Dallas Cowboys.
Even if it isn’t a trade that might not be the greatest, the Watson trade is one that will be talked about in Houston for many years to come.
Texans trades, especially at the end of the Bill O’Brien era, were in no way awe inspiring. In fact, trades in general have not been the Texans’ friend, that is until now.
Teams were playing high-pressure Russian roulette when it came to trade talks involving Watson. It was reported that three teams made serious offers to the Texans for Watson this offseason. Was that number low because of other team needs, or because teams were concerned about what would happen to Watson off the field with his legal issues?
There is an odd shock among some fans that Watson is facing a significant suspension. As hearings go on this week, his suspension could be as short as 6-8 games or as long as a year. The league has also talked about an indefinite suspension.
Regardless of the length, it is believed Watson was always going to be suspended. If Cleveland didn’t realize this when the trade happened, they must realize it now.
Will the reward outweigh the risk for the Brown? We’ll know more about that in 2023.
The Texans are the beneficiaries in the Deshaun Watson trade
Currently, all Houston fans should be waiting anxiously to hear just how long the inevitable suspension length will be. Regardless of how long Watson is suspended, every game on the sideline is a game much harder for the Browns to win, and every Cleveland loss adds value to the Texans trade as they have the Browns’ next two first-round picks.
It should be nearly impossible for Texans fans to feel sorry for the Browns considering what Houston fans have been through in recent memory.
Most of the predictions are showing the Browns to be a .500 team without Watson, and anything more than eight games will be devastating for Cleveland and like gold for the Texans.
The Browns were 8-9 in 2021, so Texans could start looking at the top 15 players in the draft now. To sum everything up, the Browns took a chance in trading for Watson, and eventually it should pay off, but probably not this upcoming season.
The Texans are in position to reap the benefits of a rough season for the Browns as they deal with their quarterback issues. As the young Texans grow up and general manager Nick Caserio adds talent with the Browns first-round picks, they should only get better.
Is this what ultimately brings Houston places they’ve never been? Let’s just say this … Houston has never been in a better position than they will be in the next two years when it comes to adding talent to their roster.