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The Texans have sent the Browns a lot of stuff lately

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Houston has been a quarterback away from being a serious contender for about the last five years, since Matt Schaub lost his mojo. They’ve been able to maintain a level of success by having everything else in place.

Now they have their quarterback of the future by making a move for Deshaun Watson, but they don’t have much ability to add nice things for him to play with after all their deals with Cleveland.

Coupled with the salary dump of quarterback Brock Osweiler, the Texans have sent the Browns their 2017 first-rounder (25th overall) and their 2018 first- and second-rounders. They did get Cleveland’s fourth-round comp pick this year (142nd overall) as part of the Osweiler deal, but had to give up a sixth-rounder (188th) to balance the scales.

Getting out from under the awful Osweiler contract was the key, of course, and the financial flexibility in the future will help with some looming free agency purchases.

The next order of business will be doing an extension for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, so his fellow Clemson man Watson will have someone to throw to. That’s going to cost them, as will an eventual deal for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, whose 2018 option they just picked up. Those are some big-ticket items on the horizon, and you’d ordinarily like to be able to balance the ledger with relatively cheap drafted players. But the Texans won’t pick until the third round next year, making it more difficult to reload with the kind of players who can make instant impacts.

If the Texans continue to be a playoff team this year (turning the Browns picks into late 20s and late 50s), and Watson develops into something more than the average-or-less guys they’ve been trotting out there, they will accept the risk.

But if they falter this year under the (presumed temporary) guidance of Tom Savage, they might have just gifted the Browns a pair of very high picks in 2018, which will make it harder for Watson to push them past their current good-not-great level.

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18 Responses to “The Texans have sent the Browns a lot of stuff lately”
  1. mojodoa says: Apr 28, 2017 10:23 AM

    How does Smith still have a job?

  2. concmike says: Apr 28, 2017 10:35 AM

    Going to be a long 16 game season in Houston this year……The AFC South….Nobody wants to really win the division again….

  3. dualprime says: Apr 28, 2017 10:37 AM

    The Texans caught New England a little rusty and banged up in the playoffs. Had they had just a little better performance at QB they probably win that game. You should never count on the Pats having an off night but if they do, I gotta believe Savage is at least a little better than Osweiler. Hopefully Watson too.

    As for Rick Smith, I have no words.

  4. cdollaz says: Apr 28, 2017 10:52 AM

    It may or may not work out, but at least the Texans have finally taken a chance. That is better than a couple of picks that Rick Smith would have blown anyway. Have you seen his draft history?

  5. drex1976 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:55 AM

    This team has won the AFC South 4 out of the last 6 years. They are absolutely a few playmakers away from taking the next step. They need a RT, a downhill RB, S, and another receiver. Deshaun Watson will be ready when the time comes, head in the books and on the practice field this season.

  6. joemammy says: Apr 28, 2017 10:58 AM

    Folks on here love to bash Cleveland’s non-football, analytics front office, but just look what they have done…

    Three first-round picks (and good ones!) this year… two first round and three second-round picks next year.

    Laugh all you want.

  7. LakefrontLegend says: Apr 28, 2017 11:05 AM

    mojodoa says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:23 AM
    How does Smith still have a job?

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    Sashi Brown. The Browns have literally saved Smith’s job by taking Brock off their hands and delivering Watson.

  8. factschecker says: Apr 28, 2017 11:29 AM

    joemammy says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:58 AM
    Folks on here love to bash Cleveland’s non-football, analytics front office, but just look what they have done…

    Three first-round picks (and good ones!) this year… two first round and three second-round picks next year.

    Laugh all you want.
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    I’m not mocking or laughing but you do have to turn those picks into wins or none of it matters. There are no meaningful awards for having a great draft. But there are meaningful awards handed out for winning the division, conference and Super Bowl.

    Good luck to the fans. You have waited more than your fair share for a winner.

  9. rideforjesus says: Apr 28, 2017 11:30 AM

    man they gave up a ton of future talent for a new young QB….. I just can stop thinking this kid will be like Vince young…..

  10. patriotsdefense says: Apr 28, 2017 11:34 AM

    That division is still too weak and that defense is still really good. If they falter this season I don’t see them sinking too far below .500

  11. joetoronto says: Apr 28, 2017 11:36 AM

    The Browns are in better shape than the Texans.

  12. savethebs says: Apr 28, 2017 11:52 AM

    Folks on here love to bash Cleveland’s non-football, analytics front office, but just look what they have done…

    Three first-round picks (and good ones!) this year… two first round and three second-round picks next year.

    Laugh all you want.

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    No one’s laughing anymore man. Calm down. The Bears are the new Browns.

  13. jags2daship says: Apr 28, 2017 11:54 AM

    Thanks Texans. Your GM is a smarty pants. Go JAGUARS!

  14. cdollaz says: Apr 28, 2017 12:20 PM

    Jaguars fans getting mouthy. Good one.

  15. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Apr 28, 2017 12:34 PM

    Tom Savage youre joking right?

    Guy is flat out horrible

  16. tfootball1234 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:42 PM

    Trump is a bad president.

  17. bworacle says: Apr 28, 2017 12:46 PM

    The Texans will also get 3 compensatory picks next year (at least one in the 3rd) if they want to trade back into the second round. That’s at least 8 picks next year.

  18. bcmcknight77 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:45 PM

    It just dawned on me that since Cleveland didnt draft a QB, Brock might be their starter. It would be the ultimate Houston Punk if he went on to be in Cleveland what they thought they were getting when they signed him from Denver.

    If there’s a god, and he has a sense of humor, Brock will throw for 5000 yards and 40 TDs this year.

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