March 21, 2018

Texans Free Agency Options at Offensive Tackle

First off, thoughts are with David Quessenberry and his family. Awful news but the people closest to him all say he’s tougher than the cancer he’s fighting.


So where does the team go from here? Beyond standing by Quessenberry during his road to recovery, they’ll have to start looking at different options at right tackle.

David Quessenberry played left guard last year during training camp before an injury ended his rookie season, but he was expected to move over to his more natural position of right tackle to compete with Derek Newton for the starting job after the team selected left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo in the second round.

So will the Texans now be forced to turn back to Derek Newton who had an awful season last year? I hope not, but few options remain. Former 3rd round pick Brennan Williams isn’t ready physically so he’s not a likely option; I expect the Texans to sign a veteran offensive tackle within a week or two.


Here are a few options that the Texans could look at.

Tyson Clabo

Tyson Clabo

Tyson Clabo

Clabo made the Pro Bowl roster in 2010 while with Atlanta, where current Texans offensive line coach Paul Dunn was an assistant offensive line coach for the Falcons.

Pro Football Focus on Clabo who they graded out as just barely negative at -0.8:

Tyson Clabo, another undrafted free agent, started for the Falcons at right tackle for seven years before joining the Dolphins on a one-year contract last spring. In Miami he seemingly struggled to acclimate to his new surroundings, with four red games in his first six. He hardly managed a positive run blocking grade all year, but did put together a great run of pass blocking down the stretch.

Prior to his stint with the Dolphins, there was every reason to believe Clabo was an attractive option as a free agent. In Atlanta, he was a plus pass protector with several years of consistently above average run blocking. The concern with Clabo has to be age, as he’ll turn 33 in October and his drop-off in play last year might be attributable to the proverbial cliff at the end of athletic careers.


Eric Winston

The former 3rd round pick of the Texans back in 2006 has bounced around the league since being cut a couple years ago for cap reasons. Both the Chiefs and Cardinals have decided that he wasn’t worth keeping around so the Texans need to work him out before handing him a check, but he’d be worth kicking the tires on.

While with the Texans, Winston struggled in pass protection against speed rushers over his final seasons but was always a pretty good run blocker. How well does Winston fit in the Texans new scheme under Bill O’Brien? Hard to tell at the moment but I refuse to believe that he would be much worse than Derek Newton.


David Stewart

The veteran tackle could decide not to play at all this season but I think it would be worth at least giving him a call. Stewart was a cap casualty last season after starting 116 straight games for the Titans between 2006 through 2013. A failed physical was also part of their decision to release Stewart so the Texans would have to let their doctors look at him to see if he’s still capable of playing but at age 31, he should still have a couple seasons left in him.

Other Names: Tony Pashos, Levi Brown


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