Justin Reid (left) and J.J. Watt had big games. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
With injuries hindering in the defensive secondary the Texans got a huge day out of rookie safety Justin Reid in the team's win over the Broncos in Denver. Reid finished the game with a team-high nine tackles.
Reid was active early and often and came up huge minutes into the second quarter. As he and Brandon Dunn converged on Broncos running back Devontae Booker, Dunn forced a fumble. Reid's awareness allowed him to turn and scoop up the loose ball. The play was particularly important as the Texans had just a few plays earlier failed to convert a fourth and one try.
He was quite efficient as well. On a day where some Texans tacklers were bouncing off defenders, Reid was sure-handed in his opportunities. Reid also ended up as the cleanup man for more than a few big plays. Broncos running back Philip Lindsay was tackled after big gains by Reid three times.
The Texans first pick in the third round has played at a first-round level. With no selection on the first day, the Texans have seemingly struck gold with Reid in the third round. He's playing well above the expectation for a rookie.
The Houston Texans have some big decisions to make this offseason, and we know one of the main areas they will be focusing on is the defensive line.
Both Jonathan Greenard and Sheldon Rankins are free agents, so it's possible the team will have to add a new edge rusher and defensive tackle if they are unable to bring these players back
ProFootballFocus put together a trade scenario sending Eagles edge rusher Haason Reddick to the Texans in exchange for a second round pick (No. 59 overall).
And while Chris from Sports Talk Extra in the video above likes this move for Houston because they don't have to surrender a ton of compensation, I have to disagree.
The reason Reddick will only cost a second round pick is because he's in the last year of his deal, and he's making a lot of money ($15.5 million).
Add that to the fact that he'll be 30 years old in September, and we have some real red flags. I would much rather use that draft pick to select a rookie that will be here for the next four years and isn't in his thirties.
Plus, the Texans would risk losing Reddick in free agency next year. Not a gamble I would be willing to take.
Why the deal could make sense
If you're the Eagles, this trade would make a lot of sense. They've already given Reddick permission to seek a trade, so they're ready to move on from him now, or when his deal expires after the season.
Who wouldn't want to trade away an older player with a big salary for a second round pick?
For the Texans, Reddick would be a good addition to the defense. He's recorded at least 11 sacks in four straight seasons. He would bring a veteran presence to the mix, and help the team put pressure on the opposing quarterback. Reddick has also been named to the Pro Bowl over the last two seasons.
But a second round pick for a player with an expiring contract feels a little rich for my blood.
In theory, the Texans could extend his contract when making the trade, but if they're going to have to commit a lot of money to him, re-signing Greenard would be my preference.
Be sure to watch the video above and decide if you agree with his premise, or if you would rather keep the pick and address the d-line in a different way.