Welcome back to Free Agent Spotlight! This is a continuation of a new series detailing players that the Houston Texans acquired in free agency this offseason (aptly named “Free Agent Spotlight”). We’ve heard a lot about new wide receiver Cecil Shorts and Brian Hoyer, but there were a number of other good signings by the team. If you have any questions about these players or would like to suggest a player to spotlight, tweet/follow me @pparkinson13!
Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork warms up before Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Position: Defensive Tackle Age: 33
Former Team: New England Patriots
Way back in 2004, the New England Patriots selected a big defensive tackle in that year’s draft, a boulder of a man in Vince Wilfork. 11 years later, it’s safe to say that he’s lived up to his expectations as a rock. Not only was Vince a steady presence on the interior of the Pat’s line, he also stayed his entire career in the north. That is, until, this season.
While he was in New England, Wilfork was known for being a fan favorite and true veteran leader on the team. When he couldn’t make a deal with the Patriots, the Texans swooped him up to a two year deal, trying to solidify the interior of the line.
To get a good sense of what the Texans acquired in Wilfork, we’ll look back at his time spent in college and his past seasons with the Patriots.
Next: College Career