- The Houston Texans are reportedly eyeing to add Alex Smith to their lineup.
- Houston signed veteran Tyrod Taylor last month as a contingency plan in case Deshaun Watson won’t be available.
- Watson asked to be traded last January and is currently facing 21 lawsuits for sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.
The Houston Texans’ quarterback situation is still uncertain and the team is looking to get help from the outside.
According to a report from the NFL Network, the Texans could be pursuing veteran quarterback Alex Smith if Deshaun Watson cannot be with the team this fall. With Watson’s situation far from being resolved right now, the Texans are expected to pursue other options for the QB position. The team already signed a veteran QB last month and is reportedly keen on adding Smith to give competition for a starting job if Watson is unavailable.
Texans Sign Tyrod Taylor
— NFL (@NFL) March 16, 2021
Watson asked the Texans to trade him in late January. But Houston has insisted that they won’t trade their franchise quarterback. The Texans have received and continue to receive calls regarding a potential trade with Watson, but the Texans aren’t interested. However, the trade rumors aren’t the main issue surrounding Watson right now.
The Texans QB is currently facing 21 counts of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior, which are serious allegations. Watson has publicly denied any wrongdoing but given the lawsuits, a decision on his future may not come soon. The NFL is also investigation the allegations against Watson and he could also face possible sanctions from the league. With all these, Watson isn’t expected to be ready for the start of the 2021 season.
Earlier this month, the Texans signed veteran QB Tyrod Taylor to a one-year $12.5M deal as a contingency plan given Watson’s situation. Taylor spent the 2020 season as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers. He started in the Chargers’ Week 1 16-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Taylor was replaced by Justin Herbert after doctors accidentally punctured his lung while administering a pain-killing injection. He would end up playing just two games in 2020 throwing for a total of 208 yards and completing 53.3% of his passes.
Comeback Player of the Year
Comeback Player of the Year.
We’ll always remember Alex Smith’s inspiring return to football. pic.twitter.com/MpFBxjKdBy
— NFL (@NFL) March 5, 2021
Smith defied the odds when he successfully returned to the NFL after suffering a gruesome leg injury which needed 17 surgeries and nearly took his life. After more than a year of rehab, including several months being attached to a fixator, Smith was miraculously cleared to return to football. With Washington started Dwayne Haskins struggling and his back up Kyle Allen injured, Smith made a remarkable return on October 11, 2020 against the L.A. Rams.
He would finish the season throwing for 1,582 passing yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 66.7% of his passes in eight games played in 2020. But more than individual numbers, the Washington Football Team went 5-1 with Smith as their starter and won their first division title since 2015. Washington lost to the eventual Super Bowl LV champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs and Smith ended up getting released by the team last month.
Both Smith and Taylor have a history of working with Texans head coach David Culley. Culley was the assistant head coach at Kansas City from 2013-2016 when Smith was the starter for the Chiefs. Taylor meanwhile, played under Culley during the 2017 season with the Buffalo Bills when the latter worked there as quarterbacks coach. It will be interesting to see how this situation develops.