Darren Fells taking free agent visit with Houston Texans
By Jair Lopez
Former Cleveland Browns tight end Darren Fells is taking a free agent visit with the Houston Texans.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, tight end Darren Fells is taking a free agent with the Houston Texans after being released by the Cleveland Browns last week. Fells came into the league undrafted in 2013 after playing college basketball at UC Irvine, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks but was later waived and signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.
Fells earned himself a roster spot on the Cardinals offense in 2014 and spent the next three seasons playing in Arizona. He started in 24 of the 38 games he played and finished with 40 receptions for 536 receiving yards and 4 touchdown receptions.
In 2017, Fells signed as a free agent to a one year deal with the Detroit Lions, starting in all but three games in the regular season, and finishing the season with 17 receptions, 177 receiving yards, and three touchdown receptions.
Fells signed with the Browns to a three-year deal but only played one season, he started in 11 games and finished last season with 11 receptions, 117 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions. Fells has a total of 68 receptions, 830 receiving yards, averaging 12.2 yards per reception, and ten touchdowns in his five seasons in the NFL.
Signing Fells to a potential deal would not harm the Texans opportunities to gain a third-round draft selection in 2020 for losing safety Tyrann Mathieu to the Kansas City Chiefs since he was waived by the Browns instead of hitting free agency as an unrestricted free agent.
The Texans are going to make their rounds in free agency looking for a potential upgrade at the tight end position after struggling in the 2018 season in finding a blocking tight end. Katherine Terrell of ESPN reported last week that the Texans brought in former offensive tackle Jake Fisher for a workout as he switched to tight end to extend his career since being drafted in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015.