September 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews (91) rushes during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The Colts defeated the 49ers 27-7. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Ricardo Mathews signed by the Houston Texans

Earlier this week, the Houston Texans signed free agent defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews as reported by the Houston Chronicle.

Their article on their Ultimate Texans blog states:

“Mathews, who played defensive end during his four seasons at Indianapolis, will be moved to nose tackle in the Texans’ 3-4 scheme even though he’s light (6-3, 300) for that position.”

They also said the contract is for one year.

This is another signing for depth by the Texans. It didn’t cost them a lot of money in terms of NFL money, plus they really need some depth to their defense, which took a step backwards last season, as they finished 2-14 in 2013.

Mathews played the past four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, totaling 52 games with the Texans’ AFC South rival.

In ’13, he had 18 combined tackles (11 solo) with a half of sack.

For his four year career, he has collected 51 combined tackles (29 solo) with 1.5 sacks and four passes defensed, including one this past season.

Mathews was a seventh round selection (238th overall) in 2010 out of the University of Cincinnati.

Again, he seems like he’s a solid depth player who is reliable to be there on game day (played all 16 games past two seasons), so I have no problem with this signing at all. In fact, I believe it could be an under-the-radar signing of a player who will produce quietly for the Texans.

What are your thoughts?

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