The Houston Texans fill their biggest gaps at the start of free agency. Is anyone scapegoating GM Rick Smith now?
The Houston Texans wasted no time cracking down on their biggest needs this offseason. Experts have already reported that the team has come to agreements with both quarterback Brock Osweiler, running back Lamar Miller and offensive lineman Jeff Allen.
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As anyone who watches football knows, the Texans were in desperate need of a quarterback. Since the franchise began in 2002, the team has never found, or developed, a star-studded quarterback. With the signing of Osweiler Texans fans can finally breath and rejoice. The deal with the former Denver Broncos quarterback is said to be worth $72 million over four years with $37 million guaranteed. This past season, the 25 year old replaced a hurt Peyton Manning for eight games and threw for 1,967 yrds, 10 TDs and 6 INTs.
The Texans also added a new face to the backfield. With the departure of running back Arian Foster, the team needed to find a new running back, and they did with Miller. Who else would be better fit to replace the franchise’s rushing leader? Last season the Ex-Dolphin played in all 16 games, rushed for 872 yards on 194 attempts and also scored 8 TDs. What makes Miller a valuable asset is that he brings an explosion both on the ground and on the receiving end. The Texans signed Miller to a four year deal worth $26 million that includes $14 million guaranteed.
Along with the two “big” signings, the Texans also added depth to their slowly crippling offensive line. Since the team already lost two starting lineman in center Ben Jones and guard Brandon Brooks, the Texans went ahead and signed former Kansas City Chiefs guard Jeff Allen. The deal is said to be worth $28 million over four years with $14 million guaranteed.
Texans General Manager Rick Smith has taken some serious heat in the past couple of years, but with this offseason, the whole city of Houston applauds you. Well done Mr. Smith.