29 Houston Texans
If the Houston Texans are nearing a deal to trade veteran quarterback Desean Watson to the Miami Dolphins, then the rebuild is officially on. That means that the team would be wise to consider trading some of the team’s better players now, reap the draft picks, and begin to assemble a roster designed to peak when the Texans have a new quarterback coming into his own. Defensive back Justin Reid is one such player.
Reid is not a Pro Bowler, but you will likely hear that he could be from anyone interested in driving up his asking price. What he is is a fundamentally sound defensive back who could help out the LA Rams instantly and permanently. He is a big-hitting ball-hawking centerfielder who can defend against the pass very well.
He is multi-functional, handling the in-the-box assignments as well as coverage on special teams. At 6-foot-1 and 203-pounds, he can get up a head of steam and deliver punishing tackles. In the LA Rams defense, he would immediately fill a void of a veteran enforcer. He could be that guy that holds the younger defensive backs accountable and allows All-Pro Jalen Ramsey to focus on defending offensive opponents.
Reid has made a trade demand earlier in the season. While he is by no means an elite performer just yet, he has two intriguing qualities that make him a very interesting trade target. The Rams could trade for him and use the remainder of the season to consider whether he is a long-term fit for the team. If he proves to be worth the money, the team can extend him for fair market value.
If the Rams find he is not a fit or is too expensive, he will be signed off in the 2022 NFL Free Agent market and the Rams will be in the running to be awarded a 2023 compensatory NFL draft pick. IN essence, the Rams either get a solid fit for years to come or a part-year rental.