Houston Texans: 10 under-the-radar NFL free agent targets
By Avery Duncan
6. Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
After Kareem Hunt was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, Spencer Ware was expected to return to his featuring role. That didn’t quite work out for the running back. Damien Williams became the feature back and was promptly extended by the organization. In turn, that made Ware’s return to the Chiefs less likely for the upcoming season.
Ware is a talented back but has had a history of injuries. In 2017, he lost the season due to a knee injury, while a 2018 hamstring issue saw him on the sidelines for the majority of the second half of the season. If he can stay on the field, the 27-year old, (who is 5-10, 230 pounds can be effective as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
When Ware started 14 games in 2016 he averaged 13.5 yards on 33 receptions on 42 targets (78.6-percent). In 2018, Ware averaged 11.2 yards per reception on 20 receptions out of 23 targets (87-percent).
In the three seasons in which Ware’s played, Pro Football Focus graded him at 85.2 in 2015, 73.2 in 2016 and 70.3 in 2018, which is solid consistency from the LSU product.
Although Ware might get looks as a starter in some offenses, his age and injury history could dissuade teams from giving him a hefty payday. That along could pave the way for the Texans to potentially pair him up with Lamar Miller in the $4 million range over three years.