With the free agency market cooling down and the 2019 NFL Draft around the corner, here is the list of the Houston Texans remaining free agents that could still be brought back depending on how the draft shapes out.
The Houston Texans have several free agents still without teams almost a month since free agency started. Despite the initial impression that no free agents are worth re-signing a month later. Running back Alfred Blue was re-signed to a one year contract a couple of days after the 2018 NFL Draft had concluded with Brian Gaine’s first season as the general manager.
Blue ended up playing a respectable role as the second option at running back behind Lamar Miller and finished the season with 150 carries, 499 rushing yards, averaging 3.3 yards a carry, and two rushing touchdowns.
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Texans have five players still in the free agency market:
- Josh Keyes, Inside linebacker
- Brian Peters, Inside linebacker
- Kayvon Webster, Cornerback
- Shareece Wright, Cornerback
- Brandon Weeden, Quarterback
Weeden and Peters are the only current free agents with multiple seasons with the Texans.
Weeden served as Texans backup quarterback for consecutive seasons after being signed midseason in 2015 and signed back with the Texans to a one year deal after spending the 2017 season with the Tennessee Titans. His return to the team is questionable after the Texans opted to sign a younger fresher arm in A.J. McCarron, but head coach Bill O’Brien has shown a lot of confidence in Weeden as one of the signal callers in the Texans quarterback room in the past. Depending on how the draft shapes out, Weeden could be signed to compete with McCarron as O’Brien continues to look for a suitable quarterback behind Deshaun Watson.
Special teams ace and inside linebacker, Peters, has been one of the Texans more productive players on special teams since being signed in 2015. An ankle injury limited his playing time in 2018, but he has 54 tackles in his four seasons with the Texans.
Wright and Webster have a tough road ahead of them in terms of re-signing with the team after the cornerback group struggled this past season and the Texans can draft a young talented cornerback in this upcoming draft.
Keyes would face an uphill battle with a deep group of inside linebackers already in place, Peters would meet a similar challenge but his time and leadership in the Texans special teams should not be dismissed.
The draft might have to take its course, but the Texans still have free agents that they could add to their 90 man roster once training camp starts.