First, the team opened up considerable cap room by passing the aging quarterback's weighty $11 million salary to the free-wheeling Oakland Raiders. Second, a vacancy was created to bring a new signal-caller to town, presumably a rookie.
McClain went on to say that "we'd be naïve" to believe that Ryan Fitzpatrick is viewed as a season-long answer under center after being paid like a backup with a two-year deal worth just $7.5 million.
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah sees the same, saying Friday: "That's a backup quarterback making backup money. You're still in the market for a starter. I think with that first-overall pick, Blake Bortles is very much in play."
The Texans, though, are in position to pair O'Brien -- a renowned quarterback tutor -- with the young signal-caller of his picking.