March 24, 2018

Is Paul Soliai on the Texans Wish List?

With free agency set to start on March 11th, there seems to be a potential target for the Houston Texans early.  According to Jack Bechta, (National Football Post) January 26th- February 18th) before the NFL Combine  is used by NFL agents to:

Most agents representing free agents will be burning up the phone lines talking to teams about what positions they will be targeting. However, if the free agent is the top rated at his position, the agent can wait for the call and market to come to him. See Full Article Here.

We know that agents are working hard for their players trying to find out what teams are looking for position wise to fill for the upcoming season.

NFL Agent, David Canter, who is Texans corner back Brice McCain and former linebacker Tim Dobbins’ representative. Canter has a good working relationship with the Texans and General Manager Rick Smith and they have negotiated deals and most recently was when McCain was a free agent in 2013.

Which leads us to one of his current clients in free agent defensive tackle from the Miami Dolphins, Paul Soliai.  Canter tweeted he was ready for free agency to hit and we responded with “Get Soliai to Houston.”, and this was the response.















There appears to be interest in Soliai either from Canter or the Texans to make Soliai as a potential target for the upcoming season. With a defensive line that does not have much depth and a new defensive coordinator in Romeo Crennel, who likes bigger players up front, Soliai fits that description. The possibility of Soliai makes sense for the new look defense set for Houston in 2014.  Adding Soliai could be a big addition for a Crennel defense that will use players up front who can two gap from time to time.

Soliai was a 4th round pick (108th overall) in the 2007 NFL draft out of Utah by the Miami Dolphins. The 30-year-old and 6-4 340 lbs., defensive tackle, has appeared in 99 games with 62 starts. He has totaled over 160 total tackles with 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in his 8 year career with the Dolphins. Soliai is a space eater and could finally be the nose tackle that the team had needed to help out the defense.

Soliai was a potential free agent in 2012, but re-signed with the Dolphins for two years for $12 million with $6 million guaranteed. In 2011, Soliai was franchise tagged by the Dolphins and signed his deal to make $12.476 million dollars for that season.

Even if Soliai is not signed, the Texans seem to be in the market for bigger defensive lineman for the 2014 season.


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