The Texans Need A GM

If Seattle put a clown suit on Houston, Miami fitted them for a huge red nose and floppy shoes.

Jim Rome
September 03, 2019 - 12:31 pm
Jadeveon Clowney

USA Today


While everyone was focused on college football, the Houston Texans were making some moves. On Sunday, Houston traded Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks for Barkevious Mingo, Jacob Martin, and a third round pick.

Sorry, did I say trade? I meant Hawks gm John Schneider rolled up on, well, whoever makes these decisions now for the Texas, in ski mask, and a baseball bat and said gimme Clowney and no one gets Louisville sluggered.    What a disaster.  But before we get to the disaster that was this weekend, let’s go back to the summer.

That’s when Houston fired their GM Brian Gaine in the hopes of hiring Nick Caserio from New England. Not only did they not get Caserio, they were accused of tampering with Caserio. Caserio decided to stay in New England, Houston didn’t have a GM, and decided to go with a GM by committee.

Great plan. Because that’s how you end up with a weekend like the one they just had. Because you get desperate.

That’s the only explanation for trading a three-time Pro Bowler and former number one pick going to Seattle for a pair of backups and a third round pick. Mingo is an all-world name, maybe the best sports name ever…. But he’s on his fifth team since 2015 and Martin is coming off a season where he had nine tackles and three sacks.

I get that Houston couldn’t come to an agreement on new contract with Clowney, but they managed to get almost nothing in return for him.

What’s worse – trading Clowney for a third round pick and two backups or trading Clowney for a third round pick and two backups and paying Clowney 7 million to leave?

Because Houston did the second version. They’re paying Clowney’s signing bonus this year, while Seattle is going to pay him his base salary of roughly 8 million.

In other words, Seahawks GM John Schneider put a clownsuit on the Texans organization. That was a total jam job. He got a Pro Bowler and seven million dollars for a third round pick, a backup, and a bust.

Then again, this will happen if you deal with one of the best general managers in football and you don’t have a GM of your own. Instead, Houston is going with some sort of GM by committee and it is working horribly. 

Because maybe the worst part of that deal isn’t the fact that they didn’t get much in return, or the fact that they’re paying him to play somewhere else, it’s that they didn’t address their number one need: the offensive line.

Specifically, left tackle. Because Deshaun Watson is the franchise. And Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last year.

He has proven that if he’s on the field, he gives you a chance to win. And maybe win really, really big. Like make a deep run. That is a fact. So everything, every move Houston makes, should be built around, how do we protect and support our franchise quarterback?

But they didn’t do that in the Clowney trade, so they had to chase. They had to make another deal.

And they did - this time sending their first round picks in 2020 and 2021, plus a second round pick in 2021, along with two players to Miami for Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, and a fourth and sixth round pick.

If Seattle put a clown suit on Houston, Miami fitted them for a huge red nose and floppy shoes.

I know there are three other players in this trade, but it’s effectively a deal for Laremy Tunsil. I know that Houston is getting some depth at wide receiver in Stills, but this deal was about Tunsil. And what they gave up for Tunsil was: two first round picks and a second round pick.

Does that seem like a lot? Well, let’s flash back to last year, when the Chicago Bears traded for Khalil Mack. They gave up less for Mack than the Texans just gave up for Tunsil.

And the Bears knew they were getting a future Hall of Famer. Are the Texans? They better be. You send that kind of value for Laremy Tunsil and he better be Jonathan Ogden, Walter Jones, and Anthony Munoz all rolled into one.

Not only had that, but the Bears already had a contract extension agreed with Mack when they traded for him. Houston traded for Tunsil without an extension in place, so Tunsil now knows he has crazy leverage. And is about to get paid in a huge way, because Houston got desperate and started chasing.

This is what happens when you butcher an offseason. This mess of a weekend wasn’t one bad weekend, it was the result of a bad offseason for Houston. The only way to salvage it is to win the Super Bowl. That’s it. It’s Super Bowl or bust for this crew. When you go all in like this, anything less is a failure.