Kamla: Texans Had To ‘Overspend For What They Got’

Houston Acquired Tunsil, Stills For Multiple Draft Picks

September 03, 2019 - 8:33 am
Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (67) walks off the field after a game against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium

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Jadeveon Clowney’s tenure with the Houston Texans has come to an end.

Clowney, selected first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday in exchange for Barkevious Mingo, Jacob Martin and a 2020 third round pick. The haul Houston received was met with some typical backlash from fans, annoyed that the team parted ways with the defensive end without addressing any of the team’s significant needs.

Rick Kamla, from 610 AM in Houston, joined Ferrall on the Bench last night to discuss the impact of trading Clowney and why it was a necessary move for both parties.

“Here's the thing; they had to overspend for what they got,” Kamla said. If you want to look at a glass half empty, you can say they got bamboozled, fleeced. If you want to take that approach with your take, you’re not incorrect. But if you take a look at the glass half full, you see that they overpaid to do two absolutely necessary things.

Kamla compared the relationship between Clowney, who was reportedly willing to sit out of the regular season in search of a new contract, and the Texans to a bad relationship.

“Seattle totally won that trade,” Kamla said. “Nobody on planet earth could tell you any differently. But the Clowney/ Bill O'Brien dynamic in Houston had gotten to the point where they weren't going to be able mend senses. They were a couple, who needed to get divorced, ‘We have to split up and do this as amicably as possible and move on with our lives.’ That's what [O'Brien> and Clowney had to do. The toxic relationship is out. The dark cloud over the team with the whole Clowney thing is out. 

With Clowney in Seattle, the Texans decided to make another major move. They acquired offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills — and a fourth round pick — for multiple first-round picks, a second-round pick, CB Johnson Bademosi and OT Julien Davenport.

The Texans’ parting ways with a significant part of its immediate future to acquire Tunsil, who missed one game over three seasons, as a necessary move after seeing Colts quarterback Andrew Luck retire due to the physical toll taken over years of wear and tear.

“Bill O'Brien answered a question about this today about did Luck's retirement and the Colts not protecting have anything to do --- and he cut the question off and said 'absolutely not. It had nothing to with it,’ Kamla recalled. “I believe him but that is exactly why Andrew Luck was forced to retire.

“They did not spend enough money, attention, draft picks on the offensive line. Luck got beat to shreds to the point where he waived the white flag and tapped out. So the Texans have made a move that has eliminated that. You now have a sturdy left tackle for 10 years. And here they come.”

Click below to listen to Kamla’s interview in its entirety