The Houston Texans have some decisions ahead of them in 2019 this offseason, including which free agents will and will not be returning to the team.
Which players who are free agents should the Houston Texans try to re-sign to their roster this offseason? That is the million-dollar question, and for the Texans there are plenty of players to pick from within their own free agent list.
According to Spotrac.com, the Texans have 19 players listed as either unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents or exclusive free agents for the 2019 NFL offseason. Those listed as restricted free agents are Joel Heath (DT), Brennan Scarlett (OLB) and Ka’imi Fairbairn (K). The lone ERFA is DeAndre Carter (WR).
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As for the rest of the free agents for the Texans, those unrestricted free agents include players such as: Jadeveon Clowney (OLB), Kayvon Webster (CB), Kareem Jackson (CB), Tyrann Mathieu (FS), Demaryius Thomas (WR), Alfred Blue (RB), Christian Covington (DT) and even backup quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb.
Those are just some of the unrestricted free agents for the Texans this offseason, and it is easy to see that not all of those players listed above and not on this list will be returning to the roster for next season.
One player whom I can see returning either with a new contract or even a franchise tag is Clowney. The Texans have invested way too much in Clowney with him not only being a No. 1 overall draft pick, but they’ve also invested a good rookie contract, and even more so, a lot of time and patience, with the outside linebacker. It would be a shame for the Texans to let all of that go as Clowney really begins to enter the prime of his career.
Another player whom I could see returning is Covington, as the Texans need to do whatever they can to keep their defensive front strong, and I believe that Covington is a solid defensive tackle for the Texans.
Others on this list are still a question mark, and the unknown of whether those players are returning is what makes this offseason so intriguing as the NFL Combine nears, where the Texans will be looking at a fresh and new group of players to add to their roster in 2019.
Listed next are five free agent players who will most likely not be returning to the Texans in 2019.