Five Realistic Will Fuller Replacement Options

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October 26, 2018 - 10:01 am

The NFL’s trade deadline a few days away and with Texans wide receiver Will Fuller likely out for the season with a torn ACL the Texans could be in the market for a wide receiver. 

Here are five realistic Fuller replacement options for GM Brian Gaine as the Oct. 30 NFL trade deadline approaches. 


No.1: DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

Age: 25

Contract: Signed through 2019

The Texans got a close look at Parker Thursday night, who had a career game with six receptions for 134 yards. Plus, his agent has voiced his displeasure with his current situation in Miami.

Parker was the No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 draft so the talent is there, but he hasn’t lived up to it. Maybe a change of scenery and a better quarterback could maximize Parker’s potential. 

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero Miami wants a third-round draft pick for Parker. I also spoke with some beat writer’s from Miami after Thursday night’s game and they say Parker being traded by the deadline is a real possibility.


No. 2: Golden Tate, Detroit

Age: 30

Contract: Final year of contract

The 30-year-old receiver is in the final year of his contract and the Lions have two younger options on their roster, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay, which means his price would likely relatively cheap.

Tate was linked to New England early in the season, but with the Pats acquiring Josh Gordon, it’s hard to imagine they still have interest in Tate.


No. 3: Emanuel Sanders, Denver

Age: 31

Contract: Signed through 2019

Sanders would probably be the priciest of all of the potential Fuller replacements, but he’s also the best player of the bunch. Jason LaCanfora says many teams have interest in Sanders so take that for what it’s worth.

Trading for Sanders before the deadline would also make the Texans next opponent, Denver, a much worse team heading into their matchup, which would make a trade even more appealing. You get the best receiver available and make getting the sixth win of the season easier.

Sanders is from the state of Texas and would be in club control through next season.


No. 4: Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta

Age: 29

Contract: Signed through 2020

Sanu only has 24 catches for 324 yards and 3 TD’s this season in large part because rookie Calvin Ridley has emerged as Matt Ryan’s undisputed No. 2 WR, which means he could be available. Sanu would be in club control through 2020 and makes only $6 million-per-season.


No. 5: Desean Jackson

Age: 31 

Contract: Through 2019

Jackson might be 31-years-old, but he’s still a home run threat, who averages 22.9 yards-per-catch.

Tampa Bay has younger options at receiver with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and is far from contending, which could make Jackson available.

Jackson is also able to return punts, which could make Tyler Ervin disposable and allow the Texans to use his game day spot on someone who can contribute in more areas.


Long shot: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

Age: Ageless

Contract: Final year of his contract

The Arizona Cardinals are arguably the worst team in the NFL. Doesn’t Fitzgerald deserve better? It’s unlikely that he wants to be dealt, but it’s worth a phone call.


Who do you think the Texans should go after?

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