Report: Texans interested in free agent OT Ricky Wagner

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The Houston Texans looking to land a new right tackle in free agency. It could be Ricky Wagner.

With the free agency tampering window just about open with the market officially opening on Thursday, we’re starting to hear some chatter regarding who the Houston Texans are targeting.

Patrick Starr of State of the Texans is reporting that the Texans are interested in Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Ricky Wagner, who will be a free agent once the new league year kicks off on Thursday.

"With the legal tampering window set to open, expect the Houston Texans to start conversations with free agent right tackle Ricky Wagner of the Baltimore Ravens according to a source. The Texans are in disarray at the right tackle position due to Derek Newton’s unfortunate knee injuries, which will lead to a missed season in 2017. Additionally, the up and down play of Chris Clark in 2016 means that the Texans know they have to find another option to start at right tackle in 2017 in a hurry."

If the Texans are going to improve their offensive line they might have to do it via free agency with this year’s crop of NFL draft prospects not looking great when it comes to the offensive tackle position.

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Wagner was the 18th best offensive tackle last season, according to Pro Football Focus.  He had an overall grade of 84.5. He’s a much stronger pass blocker (87.8), than run blocker (69.9)

It will be interesting to see how much money Wagner is able to command as a free agent.

During an appearance on Good Morning Football on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo said Wagner “going to blow the lid off the right tackle market.”

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As of right now, Brian Bulaga of the Green Bay Packers makes the most money of any right tackle at $6.6 million a year.

Garafolo believes Wagner will get a contract that pays him over $8 million a year.

I believe the Texans could afford to hand Wagner $8 million a year.

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