The Houston Texans reportedly have shown interest in former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne. At first glance the idea seems to make some sense considering Houston recently let go of wide out Andre Johnson, who coincidentally went to the Colts this offseason.
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Indy felt letting the soon-to-be 37 year-old Wayne go in favor of the slightly younger 34-year old Johnson was a good move for them. So it would only seem fitting that the Texans take on the man that Johnson will be replacing.
However, after the offseason has already played out there is no need for Houston to bring in the wide receiver from the Colts, and here are three reasons why.
Obviously this one stands out like a sore thumb. There is nothing that the Texans have done since head coach Bill O’Brien came in that says they are willing to bring in players who have a name that is bigger than their recent production.
I will give Wayne his credit, he had a solid season in 2014 after tearing his ACL in 2013. I believed then that due to his age he would have a hard time returning, but he came back and had 64 receptions for 779 yards and two touchdowns.
The problem however, is that was nothing like his career average. The Texans just let Johnson go and like his fellow University of Miami alum, he too had a solid season that was unfortunately well below his normal season.
Wayne has slowed down just like Andre had, and for that reason, the Texans are much better to forget any idea of bringing in the former Colt.
Free agent moves
The second reason is that the Texans have already made some good moves via free agency in regards to their wide receiver group. They have brought in Cecil Shorts III and Nate Washington. Shorts is about a decade younger than Wayne and has much more upside.
Washington has had a really underrated career, most likely because he spent much of his career on a team that was not competing for playoff spots very often in Tennessee.
Still, Washington has been in the league for ten years and brings the veteran leadership that a young receiving corps needs. He also still averaged more yards per catch than Wayne while coming at what would most likely be a lower price and with much less noise surrounding him.
The final reason Reggie Wayne to Houston makes no sense is the moves made in the draft this year. Houston moved up in round three to draft Jaelen Strong out of Arizona State University. Strong has the size and skill to be a real player in the league and the earlier he gets on the field, the better. A player like Wayne becomes a progress stopper for a young wide out like Strong.
The next pick by Houston came in round five where they selected Michigan State wide receiver Keith Mumphery. The former Spartan is not much of a threat to steal a top spot, despite his early work being impressive.
Instead, the reason Mumphery highlights the lack of need for Wayne is the fact that he could help out on special teams. Mumphery is a tough kid who has all the tools to be a gunner on coverage units, something Wayne simply cannot provide for Houston.
With all these facts working against Reggie, I highly doubt the team makes a move for him. If so, it is hard to see a situation where he is able to make the final roster given what Houston already has done to improve the position.