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Texans hampered trade by asking for too much out of the gates

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So why didn’t the Texans trade down from No. 1?  They asked for too much out of the gates to permit a deal to ever be worked out.

As one league source explained it to PFT, once the Texans made their asking price known, interested teams opted to move on and to prepare for other options and opportunities.

Some thought that, ultimately, the Texans would take the best offer they could finagle and trade down.  By making a moonshot to open the bidding, the Texans made it impossible to save face by cutting their asking price dramatically.

So they had to dig in and use the pick that they earned with a 2-14 record in 2013.  And they picked Clowney.

Now the question becomes whether they’ll keep him or trade him, like Eli Manning and Philip Rivers in 2004.  The fact that the Texans took the full 10 minutes while waiting for the phone to ring makes it impossible to rule out the phone ringing after Clowney has held up a jersey that he, in theory, may never wear.

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13 Responses to “Texans hampered trade by asking for too much out of the gates”
  1. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 8, 2014 8:29 PM

    I’m with Gruden, Texans need a QB. Clowney awesome talent but may not be a great fit in their defense.

  2. wayneflores says: May 8, 2014 8:30 PM

    Good pick. Keep him. They still need a QB

  3. sweetnlow44 says: May 8, 2014 8:36 PM

    So, what were they asking?

  4. htown995 says: May 8, 2014 8:45 PM

    They wanted to swap 1st rd picks in 2014 and a 2014 2nd round pick and 2015 1st rd pick and a 2015 3rd round pick thats crazy they should have asked for all of minus the 3rd round pick

  5. sourdoughsam says: May 8, 2014 9:01 PM

    Well, maybe they actually really liked Clowney and didn’t want to budge unless it was a mind-blowing offer… Did anyone consider that? They can still get a quality QB in Round 2 – this wasn’t a draft with a consensus top QB.

  6. mtrhead269 says: May 8, 2014 9:11 PM

    Clowney the new Ken Sims. LMAO idiot GM and Coach .

  7. bworacle says: May 8, 2014 9:19 PM

    Rick Smith is an idiot. How does he still have a job?

  8. tap79 says: May 9, 2014 8:51 AM

    Them picking Clowney makes no difference for the Texans… Without a QB they will never win games.

  9. paulallee says: May 9, 2014 9:37 AM

    None of the QBs on the board were impressive. They can pick Garappolo in the 2nd round, and have probably the best in the draft. Certainly better than Johnny Football.

  10. cueghost says: May 9, 2014 1:58 PM

    I don’t think Clowney will be a bust, but, he’ll never prove worthy of the #1 overall pick. ever.

  11. rupp246 says: May 9, 2014 4:18 PM

    They should try to get cousins from Washington

  12. rhstrat77055 says: May 9, 2014 11:16 PM

    No matter who the Texans choose in the draft, last year, this year, next year, someone always has to complain. Like if they know what’s best for the team. I agree, Rick Smith shouldn’t be where he is. He should be sitting on the couch right next to ya’ll complaining about the picks. He doesn’t know any better than YOU!

  13. flsnupe says: May 11, 2014 10:13 AM

    Texans getting A s in draft grades from virtually every analysts. What does that say about u geniuses that commented how bad he is? I say it means you don’t know as much as you think.

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