Outside pressure will be the downfall of a young quarterback and franchise left tackles won’t come cheap in today’s NFL. Protecting Watson was essential, but the asking price for Laremy Tunsil might have been one that could set the team back long-term.

The Texans traded a pair of first-round selections, a second-round pick, and two players for the 26-year-old tackle and Kenny Stills’ services. Instead of paying the former Dolphin right away to remain a stalwart on the left side, O’Brien waited until season’s end to ink him to a three-year $66 million extension, with $57.85 million guaranteed.

“Tytus had a really good rookie year,” O’Brien said. “Very tough, very physical, very athletic, great guy, great teammate. He’s got a really bright future.”

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