Texans trade Benardrick McKinney to Dolphins for Shaq Lawson

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The Texans and Dolphins have agreed to a trade.

Houston will send linebacker Benardrick McKinney to Miami for linebacker Shaq Lawson, according to multiple reports. A swap of late-round picks is also involved.

McKinney was the Texans’ second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. He was a Pro Bowler in 2018. Last year he was limited to just four games with a shoulder injury. He has three more years on his contract and will make a base salary of $7 million this year.

Lawson was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2016 and signed with the Dolphins last year. In his one year in Miami, he played in 14 games, with seven starts. He has two more years on his contract and will make a base salary of $8.4 million this year.

Trades can be agreed to now but do not become official until the new league year starts on Wednesday.

14 responses to “Texans trade Benardrick McKinney to Dolphins for Shaq Lawson

  1. Lawson was too inconsistent for the Dolphins last season and they desperately needed an inside linebacker, so this trade makes sense. Looks like they will be looking for another edge rusher to take Lawson’s place.

  2. Holy smokes! The Texans may have finally won a trade! Assuming Lawson can bounce back that is, which I think he will.

  3. More like the Texans got fleeced by the Fins yet again! While Lawson is certainly an above average player, he’s definitely not in the top 15 at his position like McKinney is; I think McKinney was ranked #14 in the league last I checked. Lawson doesn’t even crack the top 25 at his position. Great move to solidify our LB core before the draft. I guess Miami knew what they were doing when they got rid of Van Noy.

  4. I am convinced Flores and Miami like to make moves simply for the sake of making moves… All the while IGNORING glaring needs on the team.

  5. To trade for a linebacker that is back from ankle and shoulder surgery to me seems like too much of a risk. I would think if you were in the market for letting Lawson go you could have done better. I hope I’m wrong.

  6. Does this trade mean that Dolphins won’t be trading with Texans for Watson? Why not just fold this trade into a Watson mega-deal?

  7. Losing McKinney to injury was a big reason the Texans couldn’t stop the run up the middle. May not be the best in pass coverage any more but an absolute tackling machine inside. Guess Easterby’s “culture” has no use for a top run stuffer.

  8. McKinney isn’t a fit for the Tampa 2 defense the Texans are transitioning to. He’s awful in coverage. He’s an old-school run-thumping MLB. He also looked incredibly slow the games he played in 2020. I’m surprised we were able to get anything for him.

  9. What does all this mean for Elandon Roberts? Mckinney and Roberts are pretty much the same type of LB. Both are slower run thumping LB. Both are NOT coverage LBs. I think Roberts is the more athletic between the two. Mckinney may have more football knowledge and football intelligence at ILB then Roberts. However why bring in another LB very similar to Roberts. Are they going to spilt snaps? Who is going to be the starter?

  10. touchback6 says:
    March 14, 2021 at 12:37 pm
    lol!

    Good thing Chris Grier went to college. Awesome understanding of the cap.

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    If you knew more than all these executives do, you wouldn’t be posting on here. You’d be getting paid to make decisions. It’s a good thing you’re not either, I’ve seen a lot of your predictions. Flat out horrific.

  11. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    March 14, 2021 at 3:12 pm
    touchback6 says:
    March 14, 2021 at 12:37 pm
    lol!

    Good thing Chris Grier went to college. Awesome understanding of the cap.

    —————

    If you knew more than all these executives do, you wouldn’t be posting on here. You’d be getting paid to make decisions. It’s a good thing you’re not either, I’ve seen a lot of your predictions. Flat out horrific.

    23 4 Rate This

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    Umm, I just mocked his 237 million he spent last free agenct period and he drafted Tua and a Wonderlic of 13 while overpaying 6 guys by 4’il per, and you’re trying to tell me my analysis is “horrific”? What color
    is the sky in your world little kidling? Hmm?

    Right again. Me being right so frequently is apparently “horrific”. bawahah

    Bawahaha!!

    Here is a lovely prediction for you: Your team, in a cap hell will stay middling and fade away as they stupidly hang onto Benny Boy, Colbert and the super duper mediocre Mike Tomlin. Enjoy it! haha!

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