Houston Texans are bracing for life after Jadeveon Clowney by extending outside linebacker, Brennan Scarlett.
In a surprising move, Brennan Scarlett has gotten his second deal with the Houston Texans before the regular season has even started. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported that Scarlett has agreed to terms a one-year extension after this season that will make him a free agent towards the conclusion of 2020 NFL season.
Scarlett had signed a qualifying offer from the Texans that will pay him approximately $2.25 million for the 2019 season, and he will now earn an additional $3.75 million for the following season. He has been a productive player for the Texans when healthy as he has been able to play at outside and inside linebacker while being a good contributor on special teams.
It made little sense for the Texans to have him under contract for only one season, but his durability has been a red flag as he has been on the injured reserve in every season since entering the NFL undrafted in 2016. However, with the uncertainty surrounding Jadeveon Clowney’s future with the Texans and Whitney Mercilus becoming a free agent after this season; it was a low-risk move to compensate Scarlett for his possible upside and locking him up in a team-friendly deal.
Scarlett is in his fourth year in Romeo Crennel’s defense and is one of the only players that will not be a question mark in the future with Duke Ejiofor working his way back after suffering an Achilles injury that will sideline him for the 2019 season.
Texans outside linebacker core could look a lot different a year from and it is important for the team to have a player they could potentially rely on if they plan to hit reset the button.