Get Houston on the phone

The timing is perfect for the Bills and Texans to swing a deal

Joe DiBiase
August 25, 2019 - 12:08 am

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Has there ever been more reason for two teams to make a trade in sports history?

The Houston Texans need a running back and a tackle, while the Buffalo Bills could use great pass rusher. Could Ty Nsekhe and LeSean McCoy be enough to land Jadeveon Clowney?

It’s been an often talked about subject during the offseason: McCoy and whether the Bills would trade him.

I have liked the idea through the spring and summer.

One of the biggest counter-arguments was that there isn’t a market for a 31-year-old running back due almost $10 million. Tampa Bay was the only solid argument needing him.

Now, we have Houston, who has lost running back Lamar Miller after tearing his ACL on Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Texans do have running back Duke Johnson, who they traded a third-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for back on August 8. Williams is a good, young player who could very well play for them for a long time. Now that Miller is gone, he stands alone as the Texans' only running back they can count on in the regular season. Johnson is good, but if he were to go down, they’d be down to 2018 undrafted free agent Buddy Howell.

However, Miller's injury wasn’t the biggest bit of news in the NFL on Saturday night.

Shockingly, Andrew Luck retired due to his battle with injuries, completely changing the landscape in the AFC. The Colts go from a sneaky Super Bowl pick, to a team that could pick high in the draft next year.

The Texans are built to win now. With no Andrew Luck in the division, it’s wide open for them. With that in mind, two veteran players should be enticing to them.

While Houston is extremely thin at running back, they are also in pretty bad shape at offensive tackle. Roderick Johnson, a fifth-round pick from last year that was active for just one game in his rookie season, is in line to start at left tackle. That's not good when you have a special, young quarterback with an injury history in Deshaun Watson.

Then, there’s this from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle:

Whoever may have a deal in place with Houston, Buffalo can one-up them with a running back.

McCoy would fit perfectly on a great team, whose window is open right now, only has one respectable back and has the most cap space in the NFL. He doesn’t have to be a part of a larger Clowney deal, or it doesn’t even have to be McCoy. He, Frank Gore, and T.J. Yeldon would all be massive upgrades for Houston at the position.

If the Texans trade for a running back, the Bills should be on the other end of that deal.

If it was a bigger deal for Clowney, then Nsekhe makes sense. He was good at left tackle in Washington, and was significantly less productive on the right side. Despite Nsekhe being 34-years-old heading into the 2019 season, age shouldn’t be as big a factor with a Houston team who's looking to win now.

Could Nsekhe and McCoy be enough to get Clowney? Perhaps.

Trading two 30-plus-year-old players for a young franchise pass rusher is exactly the deal the Bills need.

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