Justin Reid Is Texans' Safety Of The Future

Brandon Scott
June 19, 2020 - 11:55 am

(SportsRadio 610) -- It's exciting to consider the idea of your favorite football team trading for a game changer like Jets' all-pro safety Jamal Adams. 

When news surfaced Thursday about Adams requesting a trade from the Jets, and the Texans being one of a handful of a teams on his wish list, the hypothetical trade scenarios ran rampant on Twitter. 

SportsRadio 610 afternoon host Ron "The Show" Hughley polled his followers on a trade package involving right guard Tytus Howard and linebacker Zach Cunningham for Adams. 

Longtime 610 listener Larry In Stafford suggested linebackers Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney and tight end Kahale Warring should be the deal. 

Trading for Adams is an intriguing concept, even if it's unrealistic. 

There's no way the Texans would (nor should) compromise their newly repaired offensive line to acquire a safety. 

Mercilus, McKinney and Warring would also be too much to give up for Adams.

But what makes this most unlikely is how much the Texans believe in Justin Reid, who is entering his third season. 

Reid is not as accomplished as Adams -- no all-pros or Pro Bowl selections just yet. 

But he is an emerging star for the Texans, both on and off the field. 

Reid played with a torn labrum throughout the 2019 season, but was still third on the team with 78 combined tackles and was one of five Texans with two or more interceptions. 

"We have Justin Reid. I think Justin Reid is a heck of a football player, and now that he's going into year three, it was amazing to see some of the things that he did last year particularly when he was nursing really two shoulder injuries the entire year," Texans defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver said last month. "So, when he comes back this year and he's healthy, 100 percent healthy, I could see him taking a huge jump as well."

Adams reportedly is willing to be traded to some teams without a negotiated contract extension, which seems to be the cause of friction with the Jets. 

With two years left on his rookie deal, Adams would be due for a new contract around the same time as Reid. It's expected that Reid becomes the safety who gets paid in Houston. 

Reid has spent the offseason between Houston and Arizona, working out with nationally-known defensive backs coach Will Sullivan and former NFL safety Ryan Clark. 

When Texans fans see Reid again, he should be a healthier and improved player.

As for who they pair with him, head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien speaks highly of new free agent signings Eric Murray and Jaylen Watkins, who can also play some corner. 

O'Brien has also indicated they could still make another move at safety. 

Reid has lobbied for the Texans to sign his brother, Eric, who was released this offseason from the Carolina Panthers. 

Considered to be a long shot, that's more viable than trading for a safety who will ultimately cost more than the one they have already chosen.