The Houston Texans are Moving On…
“We wish Brock the best, but we’re moving on.”
That is all Texans Coach Bill O’Brien had to say, prior to a Special Olympics Banquet, about the Texans trading QB Brock Osweiler, his $16 million dollar debt and a couple of draft picks to Cleveland. After an underwhelming season and rumors of tension behind the scenes, Osweiler made it clear that he is not “the guy.”
According to Rick Smith the idea was birthed during a series of discussions with Cleveland Browns General Manager Sashi Brown that began at the NFL combine.
“Sashi and I started talking, and he’s an intelligent guy,” Smith told Justin Terranova of the New York Post. “He and I have been friends for years. We got to thinking about an out-of-the-box concept. It took some creativity and some courage. We got together a couple times at the combine, then we talked more on the phone after that. You try to find equitable value.”
He went on to say “It’s a precedent-setter. It’s unique. I don’t know if it means trades are going to be different going forward. It took some imagination, some cooperation. But it fit the concept of a trade that helped both teams.”
This chess like strategy isn’t unique in the world of professional sports but it is a first in the NFL.
Cornerback A.J. Bouye has also moved on, signing with the Texans’ AFC rival team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bouye, who stepped up this year taking more snaps, as injury plagued the Texans, had an excellent season and steadily climbed the depth chart. He was encouraged by his agent, Fred Lyles, to take the $1.67 million one-year contract last season and play his heart out. That risk paid off and played out in his favor when free agency came around. Bouye signed a five-year $67.5 million deal with the Jaguars ($26 million guaranteed) with a $44 million dollar payout during the first three years. The Texans hoped to retain Bouye by making competitive offers but ended offering the lowest of any of the franchises.
“The Texans kind of waited,” Bouye told the Houston Chronicle. “It was tough, man. I didn’t know what was going to happen. They offered the lowest money at the front of the deal, so we got a feeling that we weren’t going to be there. I enjoyed my time with the Texans and I appreciate all of the opportunities they gave me. It’s a business.”
He went on to say, “It’s very tough that I had to leave Houston. I created a strong bond with my teammates. They understand the business. They told me to get everything I deserved and that I earned.”
Safety Quintin Demps and outside linebacker John Simon have also moved on from the Texans.
It will be interesting to see where the Texans go from here.