Laremy Tunsil, Texans Exchange Offers

The Texans and Laremy Tunsil may be progressing on a deal. The sides had preliminary talks last month, and Josina Anderson of ESPN.com tweets they have exchanged contract proposals.

This does not appear to be a sign the sides are especially close on a new contract, though. No agreement is imminent, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle adds (via Twitter). But this pact will make Tunsil the NFL’s highest-paid tackle, per Wilson. The only question will be by how much does the former first-round pick separate himself from the field.

Houston has come in with an $18.5MM-per-year offer, Wilson tweets. Tunsil’s counteroffer is “significantly” higher, per Wilson. With Lane Johnson‘s $18MM-per-year pact leading all offensive linemen, the Texans’ first proposal is notable. With $18.5MM AAV being the team’s starting point, this could be a monster deal Tunsil.

Tunsil has been extension-eligible since January 2019, but his outlook changed once the Texans gave up two-first-round picks and change for him last summer. The Texans trading away DeAndre Hopkins also cleared a high-salary slot on Houston’s payroll.

The former Dolphins draft pick is expected to push for a $20MM-per-year accord. Tunsil going for a deal north of $20MM annually makes sense given where the cap could go in the near future under the new CBA. Anthony Castonzo‘s new Colts deal averages $16.5MM annually, but with Tunsil only going into his age-26 season and having seen the Texans give up major assets for him, his deal will almost certainly come in much higher.

Tunsil made his first Pro Bowl last season. While his resume does not profile as a player who would warrant a contract well north of the tackle market, the Ole Miss product was once in contention to become 2016’s No. 1 overall pick. And the Texans’ 2019 trade package sent to the Dolphins for him increased his leverage in extension talks, just as the Rams’ haul sent to the Jaguars will when Jalen Ramsey negotiations begin.

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11 comments on “Laremy Tunsil, Texans Exchange Offers

  1. If I’m Deshaun Watson, I take the Kirk Cousins approach to an extension. Bet on yourself, get tagged 2 times, get to Free Agency and rid yourself of Bill O’Brein.

  2. oldredgunslinger

    If the Texans stay true to form, they’ll trade Tunsil to Detroit for a 4th and an autographed
    picture of Barry Sanders.

  3. Polish Hammer

    On the bright side he’ll be able to strap on that gas mask, blaze up and celebrate the deal!

  4. bigeasye

    I don’t watch the Texans enough to judge but is he worthy of a market setting contract? I’ve never heard of him being referred to as a top tackle in the game

  5. Joe cool 66

    …….and this is why the Dolphins traded him for two firsts and a second !

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