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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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.



Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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