C.J. Fiedorowicz has been placed on the reserve/retired list by the Houston Texans. It appears that Fiedorowicz’s once promising career is now over. This move does not come as a surprise.
Concussions can derail anyone’s career and Fiedorowicz is no exception. Fiedorowicz suffered three concussions during last season alone. With how frequent they occurred nobody will blame his decision to call it a career. At the end of the day it is about life after football and with how often he was sidelined with concussions it is in his best interest to retire.
The Texans selected Fiedorowicz in the third round of the 2014 draft. The Iowa product appeared to finally hit his stride in 2016 before his 2017 campaign was cut short.
Fiedorowicz finishes his career with 89 receptions for 881 yards and six touchdowns. As mentioned above his best season was 2016 with 54 receptions for 559 yards and four touchdowns. He finished his final season with 14 catches for 127 yards.
Even though Fiedorowicz is retiring, his placement on this list means the Texans still own his rights. In the off chance he comes out of retirement, he would still be a member of the Texans. However with the severity of his injuries it appears rather unlikely. Fiedorowicz is only 26 years old. With how often he has experienced head injuries, it is in his best interest to stay retired.
Where do the Texans go from here?
It was a foregone conclusion the Texans needed to address the tight end position due to Fiedorowicz’s injuries. Now it has become a reality rather than an assumption. A couple of options have become available and have been detailed in another article. Pursuing one of the names listed would be a great start towards getting Deshaun Watson a new pass catching tight end.