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 Marlins are showing interest in Yuli Gurriel. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

As the reporting date for pitchers and catchers draws near, there are still some decisions hanging over the Astros. One of them is whether or not to bring back Yuli Gurriel. “La Piña,” as he's affectionately called, is 38 years old. He turns 39 in June. His leadership and instincts cannot be matched. The man has seen a ton of baseball and comes from a family of baseballers. So, what's the holdup?

Enter the Miami Marlins. The ownership group, led by Bruce Sherman, is undoubtedly trying to capitalize on the heavy Cuban population in the Miami area. Bringing in the Cuban Babe Ruth is a great way to attempt to get more fan engagement. The franchise has only been to the playoffs three times. First two times (1997 and 2003), they won it all. In 2020, they were swept in the NLDS. They're most likely offering him a ridiculous amount of money to come to a team with a losing history. Knowing the Marlins are willing to hand out stupid money, would you blame La Piña for taking one last ridiculous payday?

Think about it. He's got two rings and made a ton of money. He can safely retire very comfortably. The lure to come back for another year or two would definitely be about money. The Marlins aren't a real threat in the next couple of seasons to do anything, but are willing to pay me like I'm still a star? Plus, I'm closer to my home country with all my family and friends? Sign me up!

This is where the Astros have to make a decision. Bring Yuli back for another year or move on. If he follows through with his last four years, this should be a bounce back year. Since 2016, his first year in Houston and MLB, he's hit .262, .299, .291, .298, .232 (pandemic shortened season), .319, and .242 last season. The man is a professional hitter. He knows how to work an at-bat and can drive pitchers nuts. His defense isn't bad either. He's a more than capable first baseman.

This won't win me any favor, but I think it's time to move on. Yuli will always have a place in my heart because he was a major factor in the Astros' two World Series wins. Last season's title run was even more satisfying since it helped silence the haters. That was the mouthwash that got rid of the stench of the sign stealing scandal. Piña was there through it all.

Now, it's time to start transitioning towards the future. Piña, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander, and Lance McCullers Jr were the only holdovers from the 2017 team. Verlander was one of the guys the Mets backed the Brinks truck up for this offseason. Altuve (32), Bregman (28), and McCullers (29) should be all that's left of that group. While it would've been great to have Verlander (39) back, the emergence of the youth movement in the pitching staff made his loss somewhat expendable. At some point, the nostalgia wears off. Father Time and Mother Nature are both undefeated. If they were to bring Piña back, he should be a part timer transitioning into a hitting coach. Careers come to an end. It's time to start looking at his exit.

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