No way Texans trade with Buffalo to ninth.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 28, 2014
Refuting an earlier
smokescreen report, Houston Chronicle writer John McClain tweeted Friday the Houston Texans are not interested in trading the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to Buffalo, presumably for the ninth pick and a lot of other picks.
Never believe what you read this time of year, 'n all that. Any team setting in concrete their draft intentions right now isn't doing their due diligence. Coming from the belief that all options should be explored, the Texans - a team that won two games last season - would be wise to see what kind of market can be generated from every team in the league, even if the answer is "none," or the conclusion they eventually come to is their best option is to stay in place.
It probably is. Teams have more incentive to trade up to the top spot now, though, considering the lower amount of guaranteed money that pick holds now. Before the new CBA was signed, upwards of $50 million was guaranteed to that position. To put that figure in reference, the top free agent signed in 2014 was guaranteed $28 million.
The Texans sit on top of one of the deepest drafts in a long time, and it would seem they'd be compelled to move down a few spots if several other picks throughout this draft could be obtained. The real issue with them allegedly not wanting to move down (at least to the ninth spot with the Bills, according to McClain...yippie kai yay) is finding a suitable partner willing to part with multiple picks.