Houston Texans open up intriguing competition at tight end for next season
By Jair Lopez
Houston Texans are running it back with their group of tight ends, and it’s posing an interesting question on who will remain for the regular season.
Houston Texans are re-signing Darren Fells to a new deal, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Fells, 33, was entering free agency in what was his last chance to earn a respectable NFL deal and will sign a two-year contract worth up to $7 million.
The Texans found lightning in a bottle in Fells’ previous one year deal; his addition was viewed as a low-risk high reward signing as a journeyman joining his third team in six seasons. However, Fells exceeded expectations as a starter in Houston with 34 receptions, 341 receiving yards, and a franchise-record seven touchdowns for a tight end.
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Fells provided the offense with a big-bodied receiver with the physicality to outmuscle smaller defensive backs in the red zone and be a suitable blocker. Although his deal is short term, it will create a long term impact for the Texans.
Houston has invested heavily at the tight end position by adding three players in the last two drafts, including Jordan Akins and Kahale Warring in the third round of back to back years.
Houston will have a tough decision looming ahead of them with four tight ends now under contract. Fells and Akins are virtual locks for playing time next season after their performances in 2019.
The Texans could have a tough choice on who to develop as the third tight end with Jordan Thomas and Warring both warranting a closer look. Both players are viewed as high upside prospects with how the league is going in creating mismatches in the passing game.
Injuries played a factor in their 2019 season, but this upcoming preseason and training camp could prove to be pivotal in determining their future in Houston.