3 free agent offensive tackles Texans should consider signing

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Andrew Whitworth
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Andrew Whitworth

If Andrew Whitworth is going to sign with the Houston Texans he would likely have to move from left tackle to right tackle.  The good news is that it sounds like he’s willing to play on the right side or even at guard if necessary.

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“If there was a special situation that some team would want me to play left guard I’d be open to hear it,” Whitworth said, via Sporting News. “But I think most teams would want me to play left tackle (or) if anything maybe right tackle. I really have the ability to play both. It’s just always been a situation that’s where the Bengals have needed me to be.”

Whitworth is also looking to sign with a Super Bowl contender. The problem is I’m not sure the Texans are contenders if they don’t get a quarterback like Tony Romo this offseason.

“At this point in my career it’s about the challenge, the excitement of trying to win that Super Bowl. I want to make sure wherever it is, and hopefully it’s in Cincinnati, that team is prepared to try and fight for that trophy.”

Whitworth is ranked third on Pro Football Focus’ top 10 list of free agent offensive lineman. Here’s what they wrote:

"At age 35, Whitworth may not be a long-term solution at this point. However, at worst, he can be an exceptional short-term answer for teams needing help at the tackle position. Whitworth has graded among the top-10 tackles for eight consecutive seasons, and his best play has actually come in recent years, as he’s ranked among the top-five tackles for the last four seasons. He remains one of the better pass-protecting left tackles, having allowed just 14 total QB pressures last season. Even though it may only be for a limited time, Whitworth could be a difference-maker for a playoff contender."

One thing is for sure, if the Texans are able to add Whitworth to their offense, he would make an immediate impact in the running game as well as a passing game.

Despite the fact that Whitworth is 35 years-old, he’s been able to stay healthy and continue to play at a high level.  He would certainly be a guy that would come in and help out the Texans for 1-2 years.

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