Inside linebacker was likely high on the Houston Texans priority list this offseason, and it became evident on Wednesday.
The Houston Chronicle broke the news yesterday, that linebacker Tim Dobbins had been resigned to a one-year deal. The move is worth an estimated $1 million, with $366,000 guaranteed. Dobbins had 43-tackles and an interception last season during his six starts, but has failed to record a sack since joining the Texans in 2011.
What the Texans probably saw in resigning Dobbins though, was not just his linebacker capabilities, but also his presence on special teams. The Chronicle reports that Dobbins was a special teams captain last year, and made a name for himself by knocking Jay Cutler’s head around which lead to a fine.
Dobbins’ role at linebacker next season may be slim, but it’s likely he becomes a cornerstone on special teams. He acted as a suitable replacement after Brian Cushing fell injured in 2012, and simply adds some more depth at the spot.