According to Jason La Canfora, other teams are eyeing the Texans as potential sellers as the NFL’s trade deadline approaches.
Houston is 1-4 on the season and fired HC/GM Bill O’Brien after a number of shortsighted moves left the team short on quality draft picks and in a precarious financial position for a rebuild.
La Canfora writes other teams have been scouting a number of Houston’s veteran players with the intention of making a run at them via trade before the deadline.
He says general managers and executives have highlighted WRs Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller, OLB Whitney Mercilus, CB Bradley Roby, LB Zach Cunningham and TE Darren Fells as potential trade chips Houston could move.
La Canfora adds there has also been chatter about Texans DL J.J. Watt as a potential trade candidate, though his value is depressed by his age and injury history. Texans owner Cal McNair also loves Watt as one of the organization’s best-ever players and a future Hall of Famer.
While the Texans aren’t the only team who’s made a regime change and could benefit from trading off some pieces, the Falcons have already said they don’t plan to do a fire sale, which could make for a better market for Houston.
We’ll have more on the Texans ahead of the trade deadline as the news is available.