The Houston Texans have kept a key piece to their offensive line by agreeing to a five year deal with starting right tackle Derek Newton. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal and a quick breakdown of the $26.5 million deal for the big tackle out of Arkansas State.
Newton was a seventh round selection who backed up former Houston tackle Eric Winston during his rookie year. In his second season, 2012, Newton replaced the departed Winston as the starter and has been there ever since. He has started 46 games over the last three years.
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At just 27 years old, Newton was sure to draw some interest in the open market, which is suddenly becoming void of quality starting right tackles. Earlier today the Dallas Cowboys locked up their own right tackle, Doug Free for three seasons.
With Free being removed from free agency, Newton most likely would have been the biggest catch for teams fishing for a new tackle. The Texans made sure no one got the opportunity to snatch him up.