According to Jason La Canfora, the Texans rebuffed trade inquiries for QB Tom Savage from interested teams in the past, which seems strange to teams around the league now that they benched him after one half in favor of rookie QB Deshaun Watson.
Sources tell La Canfora that at least four teams have had some level of interest in Savage dating back to last year, but there has been a lot of support for him within the team including from veteran players and HC Bill O’Brien.
La Canfora specifically mentions the 49ers and Jets as two teams that have considered the idea of trading for Savage, but they ultimately came away convinced that Houston values him highly and was not interested in moving him in a deal.
“They were almost irrationally high on him,” an executive from one team that had interest in Savage at one point tells La Canfora.
Neil Schwartz, Savage’s agent, tells La Canfora that his client is not contemplating requesting a trade out of Houston.
“I’ve never asked (general manager) Rick (Smith) for a trade,” said Schwartz, “and Tom is not seeking a trade. I’m not happy and Tom is not happy about this, but we’re not asking for a trade.”
Savage, 27, is a former fourth-round pick of the Texans back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $2.52 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
In 2017, Savage has appeared in one game and completed 7 of 13 pass attempts for 62 yards. He was sacked six times and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. The offense also scored zero points in the first the two quarters.