The Houston Texans are an absolute mess of an organization right now, the most dysfunctional and even talent-less franchise in the National Football League. In the weeks and months to come, they might be even more barren of any real formidable talent if they decide to trade away or get rid of star quarterback Deshaun Watson, meaning the worst could still be ahead. Perhaps that’s why they might decide to call upon former Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
According to NFL reporter Tom Pelissero, Smith makes sense as a potential acquisition for the Houston Texans if and when they decide to terminate their relationship with Deshaun Watson.
The Texans already have a couple veterans on the roster with Tyrod Taylor having signed this spring and the trade for Ryan Finley of the Cincinnati Bengals in recent days. On this side, it feels a bit weird to also think that Smith could play a role there given the presence of both players already. If Watson is likely gone, then the Texans should also try to draft a developmental arm in the interim. If they did, it would be three quarterbacks already on the roster with little room for Smith.
However, Pelissero notes some important connections here for Smith, ranging from a potential place for Smith to compete for a starting role as well as his relationship with David Culley. Culley was an assistant coach for Andy Reid for several seasons, and Smith would be a familiar face for the first-year head coach to lean upon as he tries to right the ship in Houston.
At this point, all of this feels like a bit of crazy conjecture. Watson is currently embroiled in a myriad of legal concerns and all of that will take considerable time to resolve itself, which means Houston isn’t likely to know what will happen at the most important position for quite some time. Then again, the team has already made little efforts to improve itself heading into another season. While they’ve made numerous moves, the reality is that most signings in free agency have been to fill serious roster spots and none of them would significantly move the needle toward being more competitive.
As it stands, it seems as if Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Finley are in place to compete for the starting quarterback role if something happens to Watson. Adding Smith would lead to a crowded room at a time when so much is already unknown.