Texans paid Shaq Lawson $7 million in March, got a sixth-round pick for him in August

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At a time when the Texans are trying to drive a hard bargain for quarterback Deshaun Watson, they definitely did not do that for defensive end Shaq Lawson.

After trading for Lawson in March (he came from the Dolphins for linebacker Bernardrick McKinney), the Texans restructured Lawson’s contract, converting more than $7 million in 2021 compensation to a signing bonus. They ultimately got a sixth-round pick for their trouble.

The $7 million write-off for a sixth-round pick comes at a time when the Texans must choose between taking what they can get for Watson now or paying him $10.54 million this year in the hopes of getting more in the offseason. Whatever happens with Watson, the fact that the Texans gave Lawson $7 million in March and then dumped him for a sixth-round pick only five months later underscores that they erred in trading for him and, more importantly, in paying him.

That said, it’s always better for a team to admit a mistake. Doubling down in the hopes of concealing a blunder never makes things any better. But it definitely was a blunder. Draft picks are valuable, but $7 million is a lot to pay in 2021 for what became a sixth-round pick in 2022.

Here’s the question — with $7 million already burned up on a player who won’t be on the team in 2021, will that make the Texans less inclined to pay Watson $10.54 million to not play? If so, that points toward a deal getting done for less than three first-round picks and two second-round picks.

39 responses to “Texans paid Shaq Lawson $7 million in March, got a sixth-round pick for him in August

  1. I get why you’d want to unload cement shoes McKinney, but taking on this bust that Grier signed last year is bizarre. Lawson is a Rex Ryan draft pick and a complete bust.

    I don’t get the decision making.

  2. I didn’t like the signing with Miami. Thought his production was more a result of Jerry Hughes. causing havoc next to him, than it was his own skill set.

    And while a decent run stopper of holding the edge. He really isn’t the type to consistently pressure the QB.

  3. There is no deal. Get on with it.

    The Texans GIVE three 1s. They will never GET three 1s because they can’t trade with themselves.

  4. Blunder? Yes, but not that bad. I am sure Houston was having a hard time scrambling for solutions. Maybe his agent forced that move. Not the worst oversight.

    Previous GM Ray Farmer told the fans that WRs were way over valued in a passing league no less. He goes and drafts a guy with hands of stone and then decides to handsomely contribute $10M to the help send Dwayne Bowe off on with a well funded retirement gift. I don’t have to tell you how Bowe played. Then next GM Sashi Brown does the $16M/2 year deal for Kenny Britt because Terrell Pryor balked at a deal. Again, very little to show for it.

  5. And people blame Watson for wanting out. People blamed Bill O’Brien. O’Brien was keeping the darn thing from falling apart. As soon as he left, the wheels came off. They were winning with O’Brien. If you actually watched their tape, they were as well coached as any team, and I’m not even a fan of O’Brien’s. I’m just telling it like it is. Why on earth would Watson want to play for the Texans. I’m not talking about anything off-field. I’m just saying this team needs to be taken away from the current owner, for the good of the league. If that’s not obvious, open your eyes. There’s more to come. At some point soon, everyone will be saying this. I’m sure the league is keeping a close eye on things.

  6. I forgot to add the Cowboys overspend $7M per year each on Prescott, Elliott, and Cooper….

    Lawson has a good agent and Houston is certainly in transition until the resolve the Watson issue.

  7. mikethevike11 says:
    August 30, 2021 at 11:33 am
    Insert dumpster fire GIF here.

    4 0 Rate This

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    For which franchise? Miami or Houston? Miami has just publicly acknolwedged they don’t like Tua and they just had to overpay Howard because medicore Byron Jones makes 15 mil per.

    Everywhere you look, there are numerous poorly
    run franchises.

  8. One of the few topics on this website with almost 100% agreement, “The Texans Management is a mess”.

  9. And for all you ignorant Belichick “can’t draft WRs” haters, N’keal Harry was picked at Caserio’s bidding. I sometimes think Caserio did some of his later-Pats stuff deliberately to make BB happier to finally let him off his contract to join the Texans.

  10. Why work hard when you know you can game the system for millions. Dude got $7 million upfront and felt absolutely no gratitude or desire to actually earn it.

  11. And you wonder why Watson wants out. Would you waste your career in such a dumpster fire?

  12. streetyson says:
    August 30, 2021 at 12:14 pm
    And for all you ignorant Belichick “can’t draft WRs” haters, N’keal Harry was picked at Caserio’s bidding. I sometimes think Caserio did some of his later-Pats stuff deliberately to make BB happier to finally let him off his contract to join the Texans.

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    Haha! So BB the GM s not responsible for picking Harry? Let me guess, BB really wanted DK Metcalf but for some reason he let Caserio override his decision!

  13. Never hire ex-Patriot coaches or front office people
    ———————-
    Despite some high-profile failures, many have done well, from the likes of Crennel right up to Flores and Daboll, Kingsbury. Then there’s equally good but lesser known names like Dean Pees (Falcons), Shane Waldron (Rams/Hawks), Ray Ventrone (Colts). And in the offices there’s been Scott Pioli, Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons), Jon Robinson (Tampa/Titans). And that’s not even counting established shorter pass-throughs like Dom Capers who worked for Bill one season. The list is extensive.

  14. Well, no one said it was easy, and I’d say it’s more difficult if you don’t have football people running things. But every team has made bad moves before. But I’m not saying the Texans aren’t run very poorly.

  15. The NFL has a rule for everything a player can do but not the owners or management. Texans should be put up for auction. Force a team sale and get a more competitive group to run the Texans. The Texans will become garbage for the next 10 years easily right now. The NFL is good at having a competitive league but the Texans are weakening the product. A rule should be in place for badly run organizations. Time to start forcing owners to actually try to win in order to keep their beloved shiny toy of a NFL franchise.

  16. pkrlvr says:

    August 30, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Why work hard when you know you can game the system for millions. Dude got $7 million upfront and felt absolutely no gratitude or desire to actually earn it.———–reading is hard huh? The Texans wanted to restructure his deal then traded him. He never said he wouldn’t earn it.

  17. There has to be something more that has not been made public. The Texans front office is bad, but it’s hard to believe they’re this dumb. Maybe they realized in OTAs that Lawson is a bad locker room guy?

  18. If there exists a way to screw things up, the Texans will find it.They just can’t help themselves.

  19. Jack Easterby is building quite the resume here. It’s not a good one, mind you, but it’s being built.

  20. The Texans are a cautionary tale of what eventually happens when you trade all of your draft picks in order to win now, which is what the Texans did a couple years ago.

  21. get why you’d want to unload cement shoes McKinney, but taking on this bust that Grier signed last year is bizarre. Lawson is a Rex Ryan draft pick and a complete bust.

    I don’t get the decision making.

    He was ok in buffalo under McDermott when used in waves. But the bigger question is why you’re paying him so much then dumping him. They are clueless over there

  22. It’s cap 101 guys. You pay it out today so you can tank tomorrow. They decided they don’t wanna win. If they did, they wouldn’t have hired a coach on no ones radar. He another Tomsula.

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