2018 Disaster Draft: The Houston Texans

If it weren’t for an untimely (and completely hidden from the world) Deshaun Watson injury last season on top of injuries to J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, we could have been talking about the AFC South champion Houston Texans. Instead, God doesn’t let them have nice things and they fell apart with Tom Savage under center for the back half of the year. The owner felt so horribly for the situation Bill O’Brien ended up in that he got a contract extension that may or may not have been completely deserved. The disaster draft comes for them at a bad time, as they are currently a team on the rise. This core was one of the easiest groups of no doubters I’ve put together so far. They have a ton of quality talent and are going to lose some good pieces after this disaster draft. Let’s see who they protect.

Players lost to free agency: Jonathon Joseph, Marcus Gilchrist, Breno Giacomini

The No Doubters:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
J.J. Watt DE $15,000,000 $15,000,000 $15,500,000 $17,500,000 UFA
DeAndre Hopkins WR $14,000,000 $14,000,000 $14,000,000 $15,000,000 $13,915,000
Jadeveon Clowney OLB $13,846,000 UFA
Kareem Jackson CB $9,000,000 UFA
Jeff Allen G $7,375,000 $7,750,000 UFA
Whitney Mercilus OLB $5,956,250 $7,300,000 UFA
C.J. Fiedorowicz TE $5,156,250 $5,750,000 $5,750,000 UFA
Deshaun Watson QB $3,148,700 $3,778,440 $4,408,181 UFA
D’Onta Foreman RB $778,371 $868,371 $958,371 UFA
Benardrick McKinney ILB $1,700,722 UFA

Keeping the core of this defense together was both a no-brainer and extraordinarily expensive for 2018. Watt, Clowney and Jackson all make a pretty penny next year. Luckily, the last year of McKinney’s rookie contract keeps that cost down. Keeping Nuk Hopkins was also a slam dunk, though Watt & Hopkins together are going to cause salary cap problems when they’re both making backup QB money in 2021. Jeff Allen is one of the best guards in the league. Then we get to the young guns. Watson, Foreman and Fiedorowicz (who just got his contract extension, which is why he is here) will run the Texans just under 10 million bucks next year. That’s nice when you have to pay big money elsewhere, so they’re definitely in for the mix of talent and price.


The More-Than-Likely Staying:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Brian Cushing ILB $8,840,625 $9,500,000 UFA
Lamar Miller RB $6,750,000 $7,250,000 UFA
Andre Hal FS $3,750,000 $3,750,000 $3,750,000 UFA
Derek Newton RT $3,500,000 $3,750,000 UFA
Kevin Johnson CB $3,197,541 UFA
Will Fuller WR $2,772,085 $3,234,100 UFA

For Brian Cushing to stay, the Texans will have to pry him off the set of whatever 80’s teen movie he got cast in as the bully this week. Miller might end up a cap casualty and has the most tenuous grasp on this slot (and his job in 2018). Hal, Newton, Johnson and Fuller are all the secondary pieces you need to put a title into your hands. While the Texans won’t do that anytime soon, a team can still hope, can’t they? Fuller averaged five receiving touchdowns for every pass thrown his way with Watson and has literally never caught a touchdown before then (don’t fact check that), so nobody missed Watson more than Fuller did.


The Leftovers:

These guys are currently Texans. Some of them will become Mexicans, some will become Missourians (Missourites? Miseries?). Here is the scrapple, the leftovers, the refrigerator casserole of the Houston Texans roster for the 2018 disaster draft.

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Ryan Griffin TE $2,468,750 $2,750,000 UFA
Nick Martin C $1,302,265 $1,519,310 UFA
Zach Cunningham ILB $1,016,305 $1,219,566 $1,422,829 UFA
Jon Weeks LS $965,000 $980,000 UFA
Braxton Miller WR $827,275 $924,778 UFA
Brandon Dunn DE $790,000 UFA
Tyler Ervin RB $766,892 $856,893 UFA
Christian Covington DE $727,622 UFA
Taylor Heinicke QB $705,000 UFA
MyCole Pruitt TE $705,000 UFA
Kendall Lamm RT $705,000 UFA
Ibraheim Campbell SS $705,000 UFA
Julie’n Davenport T $701,605 $791,605 $881,605 UFA
D.J. Reader DT $683,845 $773,845 UFA
Carlos Watkins DT $659,912 $749,912 $839,912 UFA
Joel Heath DE $633,668 RFA
Stephen Anderson TE $631,668 RFA
Brennan Scarlett OLB $631,668 RFA
Cobi Hamilton WR $630,000 RFA
DeAndrew White WR $630,000 RFA
Marcus Hardison DT $630,000 $720,000 UFA
Kurtis Drummond SS $630,000 RFA
Treston Decoud S $617,337 $707,337 $797,337 UFA
Kyle Fuller C $572,304 $662,304 $752,304 UFA
Dylan Cole ILB $559,000 $649,000 RFA
Matt Godin DE $557,666 $647,668 RFA
Ka’imi Fairbairn K $557,500 RFA
Deante’ Gray WR $555,666 $645,668 RFA
Chris Thompson WR $555,000 ERFA
Chad Slade G $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Jarrod Clements DT $555,000 ERFA
LaTroy Lewis ILB $555,000 ERFA
Gimel President OLB $555,000 ERFA
Montay Crockett WR $480,000 ERFA
Troymaine Pope RB $480,000 $555,000 ERFA
Zach Conque TE $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Ryan Malleck TE $480,000 ERFA
Jevoni Robinson TE $480,000 $570,000
Erik Austell T $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
David Quessenberry LT $480,000 ERFA
Jake Rodgers T $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Kennan Gilchrist OLB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Bryce Jones CB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Josh Thornton CB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Dee Virgin CB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA


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