Other than shipping Brock Osweiler and his mammoth contract to the Cleveland Browns, the Houston Texans haven’t been completely dormant this offseason.
Houston retained three key players from last season: tight end Ryan Griffin (three years, $9 million), punter Shane Lecher (one year, $2 million), and kicker Nick Novak (one year, $1.15 million). These three signings cost the Texans a combined total of $12.15 million.
However, the Texans need to bring in some reinforcements on their offensive line, as they have a rather big void to fill at the right tackle position with starter Derek Newton expecting to miss next season after he tore both his patellar tendons against the Denver Broncos in 2016. Meanwhile, Chris Clark, Newton’s current replacement, is struggling to block opposing defenders.
Houston also lost safety Quintin Demps in free agency this offseason as well, who led the Texans – and all players at his position – with six interceptions.
But the Texans could also use some help at cornerback too, as Jonathan Joseph and Kevin Johnson have each battled injuries over the past few seasons. To add insult to injury, A.J. Bouye, who had a breakout year in 2016, signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this month.
“The one thing I’m a little surprised by is they haven’t started to address the offensive line in a more meaningful way,” former NFL agent Joel Corry said. “It was kind of a weak link last year, besides the quarterback position. Everyone is harping on the loss of Bouye, but he was a veer is they haven’t started to address the offensive line in a more meaningful way,” former NFL agent Joel Corry said. “It was kind of a weak link last year, besides the quarterback position. Everyone is harping on the loss of Bouye, but he was a very expensive luxury. Because their cornerback situation is healthy, they can survive that loss.
“I can understand why they passed for the amount of money it would have cost. He was a one-year guy who played great and played his way out of Houston. When you look at the prices on the open market and how well he played even though it was only one year, you knew he was going to be gone.”