TEXANS TRADE TALK

Examining what it would take to bring Jamal Adams to the Texans

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Jets safety Jamal Adams is the best player at his position in the NFL and according to multiple reports, Adams is unhappy with his contract situation in New York and the All-Pro Safety wants out.

Let's be honest, there are 31 other teams in the NFL that would benefit from adding a player as good as Adams to their defense. The problem for the Houston Texans is that despite being one of the 8 teams that Adams has reportedly said he would prefer a trade to, Bill O'Brien's team doesn't have enough assets to swing a deal that Jets GM Joe Douglas would even consider making.

Any trade for Jamal Adams, who still has two years left on his rookie contract, would start with at least one first-round pick. Let's use former Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey as an example here. Ramsey was entering his fourth season in the league last year, just as Adams is with the Jets, and despite not having what was deemed a lot of leverage, Ramsey was still able to force his way out of Jacksonville. However, the compensation for Ramsey's services? Two first-round picks.

The Jets have all the leverage with Adams meaning that for Douglas to even consider trading him, the Jets would need to get a Ramsey level of compensation otherwise the Jets can just hold onto Adams. The new CBA makes it very difficult for a player to holdout. Adams can complain about his contract all he wants but ultimately the Jets can decide his fate. Plus, why would the Jets want to make him happy by trading him to a team he wants to go to?

Now Texans fans might recall 'Trader Bill' sending two first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 and a second-round pick in 2021 to the Dolphins for Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil last year. That means Houston is without a first or second-round selection in the upcoming 2021 draft. So why would the Jets even consider trading Adams to a team that couldn't give them the needed draft compensation? They wouldn't.

Well, what if O'Brien calls up Douglas and decides to offer top draft picks in 2022 and players on the current roster to try to get a deal done. In theory, that could work but wouldn't O'Brien be cutting off his team's nose to spite his team's face? Does it really make any sense to continue to mortgage your future when the reality is, as good of a player as Adams is, he still plays a non-premium position? Adams doesn't guarantee that the Texans are winning a championship in 2020 not to mention the fact that he is going to want a new contract that will impact the Texans' salary cap in the years to come. Can the Texans really afford to pay a box safety a reported 17 or 18 million dollars a year? The answer is no. Especially when a new contract to the team's franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is on the horizon.

Jamal Adams would look great in a Texans uniform but unfortunately for Texans fans, the same could be said for 31 other teams in the NFL. It's not happening.

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The Astros suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Yankees Thursday. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

After an impressive two-game sweep of the NL-best Mets at home earlier in the week, the Astros took to the road to begin a four-game series with the league-best Yankees on Thursday night. To little surprise, the series started with a bang (no, not a trash can bang) in more ways than one, confirming that this series should be a must-watch this weekend.

New York's comeback proves no lead will be safe

Right from the get-go, the loud Yankee Stadium faithful had their chance to rain boos down on Jose Altuve before showing some pleasure as he led off the series by being hit by a pitch. They were quickly, though only temporarily, quieted as Altuve would come in to score two batters later on a three-run blast by Alex Bregman.

Three-run homers seemed to be a theme, as New York would get one of their own to tie the game off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton to tie the game, then Yordan Alvarez continued his dominant June by pushing the Astros back in front by three with another three-run bomb in the third, making it 6-3. That lead held through to the bottom of the ninth, where instead of holding it, Ryan Pressly issued two walks to set up the fourth homer of the game to tie things again before Aaron Judge would get a walk-off single to complete the impressive comeback.

Not only will we get to sit back and watch the slug-fest between Yordan and Judge this weekend, but it looks like with Alex Bregman swinging well again to round out the top of Houston's order, the Astros may be getting closer to their full power. So far in June, these two teams sit third and fourth in on-base percentage, with the Astros at .351 and the Yankees right behind at .350. That means we should continue to see scoring opportunities on both sides that can tilt momentum one way or the other as these lineups try to battle against the opposing pitcher.

How will the aces fare

Verlander vs. Judge, and Cole vs. Alvarez, need I say more? Although we won't see Justin Verlander go up against Gerrit Cole in the same game in this series (they should go head to head next Thursday, however), they will pitch on back-to-back days, with Houston's ace going Friday night and New York's on Saturday afternoon. Verlander is coming off his worst start of the year, a three and two-thirds inning outing where the White Sox put up seven runs, four earned, against him and knocked him out early to give him his third loss and increased his ERA from 1.94 to 2.30.

The last time he faced the Yankees was in the Bronx in the 2019 playoffs, in ALCS Game 5, where he went seven frames while allowing four runs, all on two homers in the first inning, which is all New York needed to grab the 4-1 victory to make it a 3-2 Houston lead in the series, which the Astros would go on to clinch in Game 6. So, with the double dose of bad taste in his mouth, it will be interesting to see if he can use that as the fuel to get back to the phenomenal form he's had this year or if the Yankees try to jump on him early like they did nearly three years ago.

Cole, meanwhile, is fresh off of two quality starts in a row against the Rays, where he allowed just one run on six hits with nineteen strikeouts over 13.1 innings of work. He's had his share of strife this season, though, including a seven-run shelling by the Twins earlier this month, along with a start in April where he couldn't make it through two innings against the Tigers. He's had success against his former club, most notably a complete-game shutout in Houston last July with twelve K's and holding the Astros to just three hits.

If the series opener was any indication, we are in for the treat of a playoff-caliber matchup, if not a potential ALCS preview that we may see in October. The Yankees showed why they have the best record and are the hottest team in baseball on Thursday night, but the Astros were only a good outing from their closer away from having a relatively lopsided win. The rivalry is real; the competition is close, and we get to enjoy the show.

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