Saturday, August 31st, 2019 started out like any other. A bowl of Frosted Flakes cereal in the AM (still not as good as Cheerios, but I digress), throw on some Netflix and take a gander through Twitter.
OJ Simpson’s video tweets calling Gronk, “Zonk” aside, it was a pretty mundane day on the Twittersphere. That is until news broke that the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans were engaging in serious talks. To make things even juicer, Jadeveon Clowney was in Seattle for a physical.
News began swirling that some of the pieces the Texans were asking for in return were offensive linemen like Germaine Ifedi (former 2016 first-round pick) and 2018 former first-round pick Rashaad Penny (running back). Both positions are desperate needs for the Houston Texans.
However, it then broke that on top of a 2020 third-round pick, the Seahawks would be including two defensive players in the package, contrary to the aforementioned rumour of a lineman or running back.
*More thinking emoji’s*
Turns out those two players were linebackers Jacob Martin and Barkivious Mingo. The latter of which was expected to be cut by Seattle later this afternoon. I’m breaking writing rules by going first-person here but holy sh*t, what a steal.
The third-round pick the Seahawks are giving up is likely to be replaced by a compensatory pick based on losing All-Pro Free Safety, Earl Thomas this off-season. The NFL’s compensatory pick formula is very secretive, kind of like the Krabby Patty secret formula. But we’ll take the experts word for it, we’re just the amateurs after all.
The Seahawks have gotten themselves into trouble with blockbuster trades in the past. Jimmy Graham, Percy Harvin and Sheldon Richardson all come to mind. But the contingency planning done by John Schneider and the Seattle front office was exquisite. If Jadeveon Clowney ends up being just a one-year rental and walks next year, the Seahawks would likely be compensated with a 2021 third-round pick. And that’s if he doesn’t agree to a multi-year extension with Seattle.
Good logic for the Seahawks in this trade. Either …
• Jadeveon Clowney crushes it, and they find a way to keep him long-term.
• Clowney walks in 2020, and they probably get a third-round comp pick, replacing the pick they just traded for him.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 31, 2019
The Texans meanwhile, are left with no extra help on the offensive side of the football for star quarterback Deshaun Watson. Running back Lamar Miller tore his ACL last week and the Texans whiffed on fully rebuilding their offensive line. To not land any compensation for that side of the ball is inexcusable for that front office, it would be enough for them to fire their General Manager if they had one.
You still have time to edit those pre-season predictions you had. Especially those ones with Seattle winning anything less than 10 games. Here’s to the start of a wild 2019 NFL season.
If you haven’t already, check out our latest episode of 3rd & Wrong where we had the privilege of interviewing former Calgary Stampeder and current Calgary Dinos receiving coach, Jabari Arthur. We also drop some fantasy football advice and talk about Andrew Luck’s retirement.
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