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NFL offseason wish list: Houston Texans

Man alleges Texans 3 moves away from Super Bowl.

Jadeveon Clowney’s self immolation act, always a crowd pleaser.
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Welcome to our fantasy football wish lists where we’re going through each NFL team and listing three things we’d love to see them do this offseason for fantasy reasons (but also real football reasons).

The Texan’s days of dominating the weakest division in football may be at an end, but with Deshaun Watson proving worthy of his two-firsts price, Houston fans are as excited as they’ve been since football returned to Bayou City in 2002. Here are 3 things the Texans need to happen this year to finally break through that Divisional Round wall.

No more Clowney’g ‘round!

The Texans have just under $78 million in cap space, and their well-managed cap leaves them plenty of room to dole out that Aaron Donald money to Mr. Clowney. The Texans have been willing to break the bank for their blue-chip talent (and avoid messy franchise-tag situations), a trend that should continue with Jadeveon Clowney.

The Texans have plenty of room to front-load a deal good for both the team and the player here. This is, hopefully, a no-brainer.

I need a safe(ty) place!

Last year the Texans formidable pass rush and solid linebacker play was betrayed, again, by a lack of speed in the secondary. The addition of playmaking safety Tyrann Mathieu proved to be worth every penny, but, in the end, adding Mathieu was not enough (see Colts VS Texans, all 3 games).

Mathieu only signed a 1-year deal with Houston, and so he’ll be hitting free agency in a couple of weeks. With several other quality secondary pieces hitting the market (hey there Earl Thomas), the Texans can build on their defensive strength by shoring up their secondary.

Go get Brown! (But not that Brown)

Trenton Brown has chance (a small a chance is still a chance) to see free agency. Top-flight Left Tackles (like their pass-rusher nemeses) simply do not hit the open market very often. Even though Brown may set a new benchmark for the league’s highest paid non-QB, the Texans have the cap space to lock up the keystone of what fans hope will be a re-imagined offensive line.

Bold prediction for 2019: Texans win the series 4-2.