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Will the Texans’ Mistakes Matter If They Ace the Deshaun Watson Negotiations?

The Houston Texans have spent their offseason stumbling from one mistake to the next. Led by Bill O’Brien, the league’s only head coach who is also his team’s official general manager, the team’s front office has had a stretch that is nothing short of bewildering. The Texans dealt franchise icon DeAndre Hopkins for a pittance after he asked for a new contract. Though the Hopkins deal was ostensibly about money, the team overpaid for potentially over-the-hill receivers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb to replace him. O’Brien flipped Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle for a package built around a third-rounder in August, sent that third-rounder to Oakland for cornerback Gareon Conley in October, and declined the fifth-year option in April for Conley to be under contract in 2021 for $10 million. Last month, the Texans were reamed in negotiations with their left tackle, Laremy Tunsil, who secured a deal so large (three years for $66 million) that it may establish an entirely new precedent in NFL negotiations.

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