Texans’ Romeo Crennel: I’m Not Looking To Trade Players

With just days to go before the NFL trade deadline, Romeo Crennel says he’s telling players that he’s not looking to make more deals (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle). Of course, the decision doesn’t like solely with the Texans’ interim head coach. 

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Oh sure,” Crennel said when asked if the issue is a potential distraction. “With this situation, it might be more on their mind this year. I’ve talked to them and tried to reassure them that I’m not looking to trade guys.”

The cellar-dwelling Texans revamped their sideline and front office in one fell swoop this year by firing head coach/GM Bill O’Brien. The trade rumors have been swirling for weeks and it only stands to reason that the Texans are looking for a clean slate. Wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller, for example, could be logical targets for teams in need of offensive firepower. Other notables like edge defender Whitney Mercilus, tight end Darren Fells, and running back Duke Johnson could also be worthwhile trade chips.

The Texans fell to the Packers on Sunday, dropping them to 1-6. With the playoffs effectively out of reach, many expect the Texans to work the phone lines between now and Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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8 comments on “Texans’ Romeo Crennel: I’m Not Looking To Trade Players

  1. Ak185

    I doubt Crennel would be the one to do that. Easterby is the one in charge of the operation currently, right? Interim coaches trading players is rather unusual, considering the fact that they’ll likely be gone at the end of the season. Crennel has been around the Texans awhile, though, and is obviously trusted. Perhaps he has an understanding that he will be retained under the new staff? Crennel was not the defensive coordinator this year, and his role in a “consulting” sort of capacity could be retained under the new staff.

  2. bigmo

    Might want to consider trading JJ Watt. The guy deserves better than this, and looking at Twitter, most Texans fans would understand if he left. That also frees up $17 million with no cap hit next year.

    • That’s really burning down the house. If the haul was good enough, though, why not? The Texans window is closed for at least two more years. Should probably trade away Deshaun Watson as well, if a QB needy contender appears before deadline.

  3. Oooof

    Bill O’Brien was able to seize way too much power because there was no clear chain of command after McNair died and Smith stepped away. Now it feels like lack of leadership has returned to replace bad leadership. The coach should almost never have final say on personnel matters, but the 73-year old interim coach of a team that’s at a huge deficit of draft capital next year certainly shouldn’t be deciding this at all.

  4. Simmons>Russ

    Considering how bad the team have played and the fact you have no first or second round picks in the next draft why not make some trades.
    I’d be trying to free up cap space and looking at flipping some average vets for picks.

    With some of the season ending injuries and covid this year you might be able to find some bargains in free agency.
    For example
    RB- Marlon Mack, currently out for the season and the colts just drafted Jonathan Taylor. They are doing really well without Mack so I doubt they want to pay him a good deal. But I think for the Texans he would be worth a good price.
    Flip the Johnson’s at RB and get Mack who is only 24 for the right price

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