March 21, 2018

Texans Free Agency: Offensive Possibilities

The NFL season is inching closer to opening up for business and the Houston Texans will be hard at work to improve their roster. The Texans have some key positions to take care of especially at right tackle, running back and most importantly the quarterback position.

With some room to maneuver the Texans will have to spend wisely and here are some bargain players that could provide  some depth on the team.

10 Offensive Targets

No Particular Order


Andre Roberts (pictured above)

5’11/ 195 lbs / Wide Receiver/ 26 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

If the Texans need to find their slot wide receiver Roberts could be that player. With the ability to play inside and outside, Roberts became an after thought in Arizona with the regime change and other wide receivers added. Entering his 5th season he possess sure hands and sharp route running that could cause issues in the middle of the field.

His production has been steady since arriving in Arizona during the 2010 season and has averaged 46 receptions during that time span. Roberts best season came in 2012 when Larry Fitzgerald struggled with injuries and he produced career highs in receptions, targets, yards and touchdowns. He has had the pressure to be the #1 wide receiver in an offense, but he could be a perfect fit as a slot option for a Bill O’Brien offense that values that position.


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6’4/ 312 lbs /Offensive Guard/ 26 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

If this name looks familiar it should, the former Texan player was waived prior to the 2012 season and went to St. Louis to become a spot starter. Smith would be quality depth who needs help on the interior of the offensive line and could push to start at left guard if need be.

Smith appeared in 25 games for the Rams and started 8 between the 2012-2013 seasons.


C4S_Packers020411_161253a_8colJames Starks

6’2/ 218 lbs / Running Back/ 28 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

A number two running back that showed he can start when needed for the Green Bay Packers. A 10-15 carry back a game, Starks could easily fill in the depth at running back and he understands the pass protection scheme working in the pass happy Packers offense.

He also can help out in the passing game when needed and he had his best season of his career in 2013 averaging 5.5 yards a rush and 8.9 yards a reception. A veteran running back with experience and little wear and tear on his body is a plus at this point of Starks’ career.


Jacksonville FL: Tackle Tyson Clabo #77 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 9, 2013 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL.Tyson Clabo

6’6/ 315 lbs / Offensive Tackle/ 32 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

There will have to be some thought that the Texans will be looking for a veteran right tackle to compete with Brennan Williams for the position in 2014. Clabo’s best seasons of his career are behind him and some of those were spent with the Texans new offensive line coach Paul Dunn in Atlanta.

Clabo produced his Pro Bowl season under Dunn, and now it could be a reasonable price for the veteran. Entering his 10th season in the NFL he has appeared in 116 games over that time span and has been a started since 2006. A one year deal could be worth it until they get settled at right tackle for the long haul.


Charles-Brown-Derick-E-HingleCharles Brown

6’5/ 297 lbs / Offensive Tackles/ 26 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

Becoming a regular starter in 2013 for the New Orleans Saints, Brown is ready to hit the free agency market. Brown instead of being the veteran stop-gap could be a possible solution to the right tackle issue the Texans currently have.

Brown did have his share of struggles in his first full season of starting for the Saints and he too could be a depth player. A change of scenery could possibly help the former second round pick and get him to reach his potential.


6857558Michael Hoomanawanui 

6’4/ 260 lbs / Tight Ends/ 25 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

His former tight end coach is now the quarterback coach in Houston, and the Texans could possibly need a tight end that can be a blocker and pass catcher. Hoomanawanui was just that for the Patriots last season and was forced into the starting lineup due to injuries.

He can catch passes when needed but his value comes in the run game and able to move defenders. Hoomanawanui could be a plug and play piece to help the transition for other players to understand the new offense that will be coming to Houston.


quarlessandrew_g_110206_1500_1Andrew Quarless

6’4/ 252 lbs / Tight Ends/ 25 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

Forced into the starting role after Jermichael Finley went down with a season ending injury, Quarless was used primarily as a blocker for the Packers. There will be interest for Quarless on the open market and should be available at a reasonable price.

With the Texans working hard to resign some of their own tight ends, Quarless could be a fall back option.


Matt Cassel

6’4/ 228 lbs / Quarterback/ 31 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

With a thin free agent quarterback class Cassel is one of the few quarterback that make sense for the Texans to invest in for 1 to 2 years. Cassel is not going to be a franchise player, but more of the insurance policy for a team that is trying to figure out their plan at quarterback.

If the Texans do sign Cassel it should play little part on what the Texans want  to address in the draft.  Cassel could only be assured of being in training camp and he still has to prove he is good enough to be on the roster when the season opens.


Brian+Leonard+Tampa+Bay+Buccaneers+v+Seattle+YKVBcRsogZBlBrian Leonard

6’1/ 225 lbs / Running Back/ 30 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

An underrated player for the majority of his career, Leonard is a very talent running back that can do a little of everything. He can catch, block and run and is a real special athlete when used. As a depth player he is also a special teams player that can return kicks in a pinch and be part of coverage teams.

If the Texans decided to go the youth route for the back up running back being Arian Foster and player like Leonard could round out the depth chart as the #3 back on the team.


th (64)Dexter McCluster

5’8/ 170 lbs / Running Back/ Wide Receiver/ 25 yrs old / Unrestricted Free Agent

He could be the missing piece for the offense and McCluster is a jack of all trades type or player. A slot wide receiver for the Chiefs, McCluster can also help in the backfield when needed and could create the mismatches that this offense needs to be successful.

Throw is the fact that McCluster is a quality return man, the Texans could get a player that could help them out in more than one area of the team. McCluster will cost a little more money to get him to Houston, but it could be worth it for what he brings to the field.


*This free agent list was compiled by PDS and Big Ron

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