The Houston Texans have re-signed offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson to a new contract.
The Houston Texans have begun negotiating with their upcoming free agents and were able to re-sign their first unrestricted free agent. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported that the Texans have agreed to sign veteran offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson to a one-year contract extension worth up to $4.5 million.
Henderson was the starting right tackle in training camp and preseason games; he was the starter in the regular season opener against the New England Patriots until he broke his left ankle in the first quarter and was out for the remainder of the season.
Henderson’s signing is the first of many moves as the front office and coaching staff begin to look for viable options to add to the 90 man roster for the upcoming training camp and preseason activities. The Texans currently have Julien Davenport, Roderick Johnson, and Henderson returning as the offensive tackles that were with the team last season. They also signed offensive tackles David Steinmetz and Rick Leonard to future reserve contracts for next season.
Henderson being re-signed won’t restrict Texans general manager Brian Gaine from making more moves to address the offensive line, they’re merely adding more competition to the position and maintaining a veteran that knows the offensive scheme moving forward.
Texans have made it a known publicly that protecting Deshaun Watson remains a priority within the organization. This signing is a neutral move that keeps the Texans flexible long term, and they will still have more than enough cap room to bring back their marquee free agents.