Houston Texans will receive more draft picks for Deshaun Watson than originally reported


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More draft picks for Houston. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the compensation in the Watson trade has changed, and it benefits the Texans.

The Texans will now receive a 2022 4th round pick that wasn't originally in the deal, and instead of sending a 5th round pick to Cleveland, the Texans will now send a 6th round pick (2024). This tweak to the trade should make Texans fans happy. Many fans were a little disappointed that the Texans would only get one extra pick from the Browns in the 2022 NFL Draft. They were hoping to jump-start the rebuild with several extra picks in this year's draft. So this is a great development for the Texans, and it makes the upcoming draft even more exciting for fans. Plus, the trade package looks a little better for Texans GM Nick Caserio. The Texans now hold multiple picks in these rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft. (1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th).

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NFL free agency is right around the corner and the Houston Texans have a ton of salary cap space. Not to mention, it was announced on Friday the NFL is raising the salary cap to $255.4 million, an increase over 13%.

PFF has the Texans with the 7th-most cap space in the NFL at $67.5 million. So what should the Texans do with all of that money?

Several players have already been connected to the Texans. Houston is the betting favorite to land Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans, according to bookies.com.

And Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been rumored to have interest in joining the Texans after he followed many players on social media like Brevin Jordan, CJ Stroud, Nico Collins, and others.

But in the video above, Craig from Sports Talk Extra makes his case for the Texans to address the front seven. But not in the typical way by adding a defensive lineman. He believes DeMeco Ryans will have interest in signing Panthers middle linebacker Frankie Luvu based on an article he read of Texans Wire.

Luvu was originally an edge defender for the Jets, but now is an interior linebacker who has seen a ton of success over the last two years with Carolina. He's recorded over 100 tackles in his last two seasons, and also sacked the quarterback 5.5 times last season, and 7 times in 2022. You don't find many players with both that many tackles and sacks.

Linebacker Denzel Perryman struggled in coverage for the Texans last year, dealt with injuries, and is 31 years old. So with his contract now expired, the Texans should look to upgrade.

Spotrack has Luvu's market value at $11.2 million/year. They believe he will command a deal in the 4-year, $40 million range.

So should the Texans make the deal?

Check out the video above to watch the full discussion.

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