This year’s NFL trade deadline is scheduled for Nov. 3, giving teams a shorter time to cut a deal before everyone must hang up their phones and unplug the fax machines.
One of the biggest names that might be headed out is JJ Watt, especially after he was less than thrilled following their latest loss that dropped them to 1-6 on the season.
The Athletic posted a big move for the New Orleans Saints to acquire the superstar pass rusher in exchange for a second round draft pick and a conditional third rounder in 2021.
“The way things stand, the Texans don’t pick until the third round in the 2021 draft. Houston doesn’t have a lot of options to acquire significant draft capital. Watt presents one chip, though. He averaged eight games per season from 2016 to 2019 but is healthy this year and has played well. One option would be to pay Watt $17.5 million next year and hope he stays healthy for a team that contends for a Super Bowl. The other would be to sell high now and acquire much-needed draft capital. Given Watt’s age (31) and injury history, a first-round pick seems unlikely. But could the Texans get a second and a third from a needy team that’s ready to win now? Maybe.”
On the daily Locked On Seahawks podcast, hosts Corbin Smith and Rob Rang discuss trade ideas from listeners, where one guy proposed the idea of trading Seattle’s second and fifth-round picks to the Houston Texans to get Watt.
“You get the sense that when you look at what JJ Watt is going through, he’s 1-6 in Houston, he’s not getting any younger, he’s had some injury issues,” Smith said. “I know he loves the city of Houston, but you’ve got to wonder if the opportunity was there for him to go to a team like the Seahawks that’s clearly one of the front-runners in the NFC and their biggest need is his position.
“You’ve got to wonder if that would at least be something that John Snyder would call the Texans about saying, ‘Look you guys are going to be rebuilding and you need draft picks.’ Maybe they would consider doing it. Now that particular deal though would leave you with just three draft picks and no picks till the fourth round.”
With Bill O’Brien being fired, the Houston Texans might actually trade a big time player and get the correct compensation for the player this time around.