The NFL’s cutdown deadline entering the regular season has become one of the most exciting days of the football calendar.
The Houston Texans followed the tradition started last year by the Bears, crafting a blockbuster trade of their own on Saturday afternoon.
The Texans sent two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two players to the Miami Dolphins for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Kenny Stills and a fourth-round pick.
Full Terms: The #Texans get LT Laremy Tunsil, WR Kenny Stills and a fourth rounder. … The #Dolphins get 2 first-rounders, a second rounder, ST Johnson Bademosi and OL Julien Davenport, per me, @MikeGarafolo and @TomPelissero.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2019
Houston, which doesn’t have a true general manager this season, sent more to the Dolphins than the Bears gave up for Khalil Mack.
Ryan Pace gave up two first-round picks, a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick, but he also brought back a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick with his star pass rusher.
Tunsil and Stills are both instant upgrades for the Texans at positions of need, but neither are superstars like Mack.
The Bears also locked in their prized acquisition to a long-term contract before securing the trade. The Texans… didn’t get that far.
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As part of this trade, the #Texans did not work out a long-term deal with LT Laremy Tunsil, but one is coming. Pretty safe to say, he has a little leverage.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2019