I am not gonna lie, I have been thinking about the blockbuster trade since it happened, and today, I started thinking about it from the Texans point of view. I have come to the conclusion that Bill O'Brien is out of his league as a GM, and his moves reeked of desperation. Let's just back the train up and examine the events leading to the deal. The Dolphins and the Texans have a deal in place that is in all likelihood is not as rich as the final trade. The Dolphins have met with and are set to acquire Clowney, and by all estimates have a fair deal in place. However, Clowney is not assuaged by his meeting with the Dolphins' brass, and uses what leverage he has by threatening not to report. The Dolphins sour, and the ideal trade dies. O'Brien is not thinking clearly. He has a great pass rusher on his team, and could likely get a 3rd round compensatory pick from him if he simply plays Clowney. Clowney could still miss games, but he will be there for the home stretch of the season to accrue a year of service. Instead, he goes ahead and trades for a 3rd round pick (which he would get anyway albeit a year later). They wind up getting a former first round bust in Mingo and a situational pass rusher. But it actually gets worse. They also agreed to pay 1/2 of Clowney's salary to not be on the team. Objectively, it seems like they would be better off just playing the season out with Clowney. Now, one might think that at this time, the trade for Tunsil is dead, but again O'Brien is not thinking clearly. Take a minute and think about the situation. On the last game of the preseason Tunsil was mum about his status. Clearly he was expected to be traded. Clearly, Tunsil had to feel unwanted. Now ask yourself, at this time, "Who has the leverage?" The Dolphins have a player on their team that they basically was told he was unwanted. They have to deal with the ramifications of the trade that never was. The Dolphins SHOULD have been the team motivated to get rid of Tunsil at this point. However, O'Brien pushed so hard that he made the proverbial "offer you can't refuse." Now let's look at the compensation. 2 1sts, a 2nd, Davenport, and Bademosi for Stills, Tunsil, 4th, and 6th. The Dolphins got more for Tunsil than the Raiders got for Mack. I would think that most of us on this board would swap Tunsil for Mack straight up in a heartbeat. Just to give you guys an idea of how much we got, ask yourself, "Aside from a QB, how many players in the league would you be willing to give up the Dolphins' haul in order to get?" I agree that there may be some players, but the amount is very, very small. The Texans had to know that Stills was no lock to even make the team, and yet Grier was able to get value from essentially a throwaway player. Now maybe there is a huge Tunsil fan on this board still shaking his head. Let me throw one other point here that shows his level of desperation. How do you make this deal without a long term contract in place? The biggest winner in this entire trade might be Tunsil's agent. Aside from quarterbacks, Tunsil has more leverage in contract negotiations than any other player in the league. Realistically, he should ask for QB money. Based on what they gave up, they have to sign him. All of this feels weirdly reminiscent of Jeff Ireland's last year in Miami where he spent every dollar he could in free agency. Bill O'Brien is going for bust. Maybe he knows if he doesn't have a deep playoff run, he might be done in Houston. If you are the Texans, this has to work. Anything less than a deep playoff run is a disappointment. If for some reason the Texans underachieve and miss the playoffs, the move is catastrophic.