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Old 08-18-2014   #1
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Default Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

Whitney Mercilus has not had his name heard much this preseason. The Texans first round pick in 2013 is a okay linebacker at best. Now that the Texans have drafted Jadeveon Clowney with the number one pick in this year's draft, and who is playing very well, but has had a few injury's in collage. I can understand keeping Whitney Mercilus for depth this year, but if Whitney Mercilus can not produce this season. He should be traded with his contract ending in 2016.

Would you trade him now, next year, or resign him?


I would personally try to trade Whitney Mercilus this season. Because I feel the Texans are not far from being contenders again. A few draft picks, or a solid left defensive end to help Jared Crick. Would help this team in the long run.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

Well, they should, but no one will give them much for him. So they may as well give him this one final season to see if he can show something.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

Where is the "Don't re-sign him" option? He'll be cheap depth right now, I think this is his last season on his contract
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Where is the "Don't re-sign him" option? He'll be cheap depth right now, I think this is his last season on his contract
I do believe, he signed a four year contract.
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Well, they should, but no one will give them much for him. So they may as well give him this one final season to see if he can show something.
This.

What are you going to trade him for? We have no choice but to give him this year to try to improve. The guy was younger than average when he was drafted (turned 24 this year), so it's not out of the question to see him improve this year. Maybe he's not a starting caliber player when all is said and done, but he may actually be valuable as a backup down the line. Teams need quality backups. Six and seven sacks in the last two years isn't terrible, even if it's mostly from picking up scraps.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

I'd trade him or outright cut him if he hasn't shown progress by the end of pre-season.

He's going to be playing in that 4th pre season game. He'll get a lot of time to prove himself.


If there's no one on the roster that is absolutely better, then I'd hold on to him and see if I could move him during the season after he racks up some hollow stats off the bench.

But seriously...I'd rather the dude just get better and stay here.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

Unless another backup outplays him I wouldn't cut him. Trade him if you can get something of decent value out of the trade for the Texans.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

Ship him to WAS for cousins. Good back up plan if Orakpo rolls in FA
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I'd trade him or outright cut him if he hasn't shown progress by the end of pre-season.

He's going to be playing in that 4th pre season game. He'll get a lot of time to prove himself.


If there's no one on the roster that is absolutely better, then I'd hold on to him and see if I could move him during the season after he racks up some hollow stats off the bench.

But seriously...I'd rather the dude just get better and stay here.
Costs more to cut or trade than to just IR him if I'm not mistaken.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

Trade him? For what?

Mercilus is at that point where he's either going to become an asset (in which case he's an affordable asset that we need) or he's not. If that happens nobody is going to give us a damn thing for a bust LB.

Personally I think he's not that bad and will provide affordable depth for this year and maybe next year depending on how things are going. I want to see what he does this season under Romeo Crennel before I give up on him so I keep him around for another year.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

Dude should have been a 4-3 DE. Sometimes the transition to 3-4 OLB works, sometimes it doesn't.
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Trade him? For what?

Mercilus is at that point where he's either going to become an asset (in which case he's an affordable asset that we need) or he's not. If that happens nobody is going to give us a damn thing for a bust LB.

Personally I think he's not that bad and will provide affordable depth for this year and maybe next year depending on how things are going. I want to see what he does this season under Romeo Crennel before I give up on him so I keep him around for another year.
I agree 100%
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Dude should have been a 4-3 DE. Sometimes the transition to 3-4 OLB works, sometimes it doesn't.
But he struggles when it comes to handling rushing plays, and setting the edge
is even more important for 4-3 DEs than 3-4 OLBs, so it would seem he'a very challenged no matter his position.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

i think we're going to need him at least this season. clowney's still adjusting to the game and he seems to get gassed pretty quickly. mercilus has shown a tendency to come in and make things happen as part of a rotation, so i think he's going to be a welcome asset this season. next year and beyond, who knows? it will depend on his adjustment and results in 2014. he may end up forcing reed out this season, or he may end up cut before next year.

besides, as it's been said ... who's going to trade anything of value for a backup OLB who's struggling a bit?
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This.

What are you going to trade him for? We have no choice but to give him this year to try to improve. The guy was younger than average when he was drafted (turned 24 this year), so it's not out of the question to see him improve this year. Maybe he's not a starting caliber player when all is said and done, but he may actually be valuable as a backup down the line. Teams need quality backups. Six and seven sacks in the last two years isn't terrible, even if it's mostly from picking up scraps.
This especially if he can get at least 6 sacks in this D. I thought he had pretty solid game against Falcons and want to see him against Denver. Still if we were offered a third..he's be gone, gone gone.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

So who have we got to replace him with? Whether he starts or not, he's still a good back up.
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how much do we have to pay the team that takes him?
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

I would trde him to the Bears for any decent OT/OG that could get Newton off the field.

Ankrah has outplayed Mercilus. I do believe that Mercilus tries hard but isn't physical enough.
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I would trde him to the Bears for any decent OT/OG that could get Newton off the field.

Ankrah has outplayed Mercilus. I do believe that Mercilus tries hard but isn't physical enough.
that's why you cannot trade him...other teams can see this also.
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Default Re: Should the Texans trade Whitney Mercilus?

Clowney and Reed are assured of spots and I think Ankrah has definitely won his spot.

If we go with 4 OLBs, then it's all down to who's the next best guy we have. I think it's Mercilus, Groves, and Sidbury fighting it out for that spot.

If Mercilus doesn't look like he's going to be our 4th best OLB, then I've got no problem trading him. But. Like some people have said, somebody out there has to want him enough to give us something for him and I'm not so sure there's anyone out there that will. In that case, cut him.

If we keep 5 OLBs, then I think we'll keep him for at least another season.
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