Houston Texans – Cap Space: $19,217,638
On paper at first glance, the Texans appear to make sense. Cap space, a roster that is two or three players away from becoming a dominant force in a weak division and a Head Coach/GM in Bill O’Brien who is not afraid to make controversial moves. Upon closer inspection however, this is also an awkward fit.
The Texans lack the immediate draft capital to make a deal work with the Jets. O’Brien dealt Houston’s 2021 1st and 2nd round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins in a deal that saw his team acquire their franchise left tackle, Laremy Tunsil. There is always the potential for a deal including players plus 2022 picks that could work, but this is unlikely.
Houston just does not have the players to make a deal like this work and if they chose to deal any of their top players, it would be like robbing Peter to pay Paul, sacrificing both strength and/or depth.
It is arguable as to whether or not strong safety is a position of need for Houston. The franchise just signed Eric Murray to play in that role at $20.25m for 3 years. If Adams was to be acquired, then a new role would have to be found for Murray as he carries a $10m dead cap hit this year. The Texans would be unlikely to find a trade partner for a player with such a freshly signed contract who has middling career numbers to date.
Will Fuller and Kenny Stills are both free agents next year and have been mentioned as trade bait for the Texans to dangle. Both receivers are explosive deep threats and would be ideal replacements for Robby Anderson for the Jets, but Fuller is injury prone and Stills is a 7-year veteran who is merely a complimentary piece. As previously mentioned, the Jets just drafted Denzel Mims in the first round, signed Breshad Perriman and with slot specialist Jamison Crowder in tow, it is doubtful that they will be tempted by Stills as a headliner in any deal.