The Houston Texans are entering free agency with their starting spot secured, but not much else.
The Houston Texans need a viable quarterback in case Deshaun Watson misses any games in 2019. The backup quarterback position continues to one of the most important positions to have in the NFL, and it can determine the course of the season. The Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl run in 2017 was all made possible due to Nick Foles being an above average quarterback in terms of arm talent and accuracy within the Eagles offense.
The Texans have a promising a team moving forward with Watson entering his third year in his rookie scale contract. However, he is the only quarterback currently on the roster that has a contract going into 2019.
The Texans went into last season with Brandon Weeden as the backup quarterback and Joe Webb III as a versatile football player capable of fulfilling multiple roles within the team. Texans general manager Brian Gaine and head coach Bill O’Brien have a few options as free agency is arriving just around the corner in early March.
Bringing one quarterback, both back, or moving on from both since Weeden and Webb III will be unrestricted free agents this upcoming March. However, the Texans could very well decide to bring both of them back as O’Brien has a lot of trust in Weeden as a backup and values the versatility Webb brings to the table.
Weeden will be 36 years of age and Webb will enter next season at 32 years of age; the Texans could opt to go other routes. They could choose to sign a younger quarterback setting to enter free agency or resort to the 2019 NFL Draft and develop a quarterback to have as Watson’s backup. Both could be a reality if the Texans decide to let both quarterbacks walk.