The Curious Case of El Guapo: Did The Texans Fumble Carlos Hyde?

Landry Locker
May 22, 2020 - 8:32 am

(SportsRadio 610) – The Curious Case Of El Guapo has your boy’s head spinning.

The Texans have made a lot of polarizing moves during the 2020 offseason, but it’s the move they reportedly tried to make that has me the most confused.

Whether you like them, or not, a few of Bill O’Brien’s offseason decisions have been extremely bold and in the NFL bold moves are accompanied by criticism, skepticism and passionate reaction.

That’s why guys like King Bill get paid the big bucks and quite frankly, why I have a job.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has called the Texans 2020 offseason the worst in the NFL and makes a strong case in doing so.

The DeAndre Hopkins trade along with the signings of Eric Murray and Randall Cobb have led many, including your's truly, to question O’Brien’s grasp of the market when it comes to trade and contract value.

O’Brien’s offseason decisions have been dissected like a science project, but the move people aren’t talking about enough is the one that didn’t happen -- the attempt to sign Carlos Hyde aka El Guapo.

Hyde, the Texans leading rusher last season, was still on the market until Friday when he finally agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks

El Guapo struggling to break the bank and find a starting job wasn’t surprising, but the contract the Texans reportedly offered has my head spinning in many directions.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle the Texans attempted to re-sign Hyde, but he declined a two-year contract offer worth about $10 million.

On the one hand, what in the hell was Hyde thinking? You know he regrets not taking that deal, if it was offered.

Hyde can make up to $4 million on the one-year contract with the Seahawks.

But, on the other hand (shout out to Randy Travis), what should be made of the Texans reportedly offering this deal?

There are a lot of questions that emerge:

Question One: Wouldn’t this be a prime, tangible example of the Texans front office not having a grasp of the market?

You reportedly offered a guy a two-year $10 million deal to be your starting running back. Months later there’s a strong possibility that guy gets way less money and might not even be a starter.

The other contracts O’Brien has handed out as GM will play out over time, but this is clear-cut, tangible proof of misjudging the market.

Question Two: If the Texans liked Hyde that much then why not wait it out?

O’Brien’s patience has been questioned on SportsRadio 610 by many former NFL players including Ross Tucker, Wade Smith, Stanford Routt and James Ihedigbo.

Does GM O’Brien have an issue with patience?

Not playing the waiting game with Jadeveon Clowney and Hopkins are the two moves mentioned most when questioning King Bill’s patience.

Did the Texans bail on Hyde too quickly?

Question Three: Was David Johnson a backup plan?

If Hyde accepts the reported deal then is David Johnson currently a Texan? That’s doubtful.

Maybe the Texans didn’t anticipate Johnson would be available when they made the reported offer to Hyde, but that’s hard to imagine.

Johnson was clearly on his way out of Arizona at the end of last season. Arizona traded for Kenyan Drake, Johnson was benched late in the season and had a hefty contract.

Maybe the Texans fell in love with Johnson during the evaluation process after Hyde rejected the deal, which is why they were willing to trade Hopkins for Johnson and draft compensation.

The Texans clearly love Johnson, right? The price paid to get him says yes, but the process to acquire him makes me wonder if he was the first choice, a backup plan or just a desperate attempt to get Hopkins out of town.

Question Four: What would the Hopkins trade have looked like if Johnson hadn’t been part of it?

What would the Texans have gotten for Hopkins if Johnson hadn’t been part of the trade? More draft compensation? A different player? We will never know.

There are so many what-ifs and emerging questions in the Curious Case Of El Guapo.