Texans Trade, Beyond Deshaun Watson: Helping Houston, Who Needs To Go?

A recent article suggests another player that the Houston Texans could potentially look to move on from is defensive stalwart Whitney Mercilus. But would this even be possible?
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When it comes to Houston Texans trade talks, the focus has predominantly been on quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, a recent article suggests another player that the Houston Texans could potentially look to move on from is defensive stalwart Whitney Mercilus.

Houston is likely entering a rebuilding season regardless, so it's probably time to move on from expensive 30-year-old edge defender Whitney Mercilus. Mercilus is a solid veteran, but he's never been special and he's beyond his prime. A contender might figure it can get more use out of him, and the Texans can at least pocket $4.5 million by moving on with a trade this summer. Brad Gagnon, Bleacher Report.

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On paper, trading away Mercilus would make some sense. His productivity over the past few seasons has been below par given the size of his contract. There have been runs of form, such as the beginning of the 2019 season, where it looked like the former first-rounder was back to his best. 

Unfortunately, consistency has not been his friend of late. 

In the right situation, Mercilus could still produce. If placed on a defense that is already built across the board in both pass rushing and containing the run, adding a weapon like Mercilus could do well. 

Simply put, a role-player job could be what Mercilus needs at this point in his career. 

Mercilus' contract runs through 2023, with a potential out after this season. He's due $4.5 million in base salary this year with a $7 million cap hit in 2022 and $3.5 million in 2023. 

Given that he is already on the wrong side of 30, plus he would command a hefty salary, it seems unlikely any aforementioned 'ideal' suitors would be able to afford his wages or could justify them.The fact is that his deal is team-"unfriendly'' and would be extremely hard to trade away. 

We say the Texans are all-but locked into Mercilus for 2021 at the very least, and they have former head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien's negotiating skills to thank.

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