Houston Texans: 5 Ideal Free Agent Acquisitions
Michael Schofield – Offensive Guard (Los Angeles Chargers), Age: 29
Key 2019 Stats: 1057 snaps played, 1 sack allowed, 1 penalty
It is understandable if you’ve never heard the name Michael Schofield before. Offensive guards are the “big uglies” on the interior of the line who rarely get credit for their superb blocking and usually have low name recognition. There are some top-flight available guards in free agency like Joe Thuney and Brandon Scherff, but spending upwards of $14 million on one seems like more of a luxury than a need.
Right now the Texans two starting guards are Max Scharping and Zach Fulton, and Scharping has more than earned his starting role. Fulton has been a pretty big disappointment since coming to the team in 2018, and cutting him would save $7 million against the cap with no dead money before June 1.
In comes Michael Schofield, who was graded at 63.6 overall by Pro Football Focus for his stellar play last year. He may not be a star, but sliding into a lineup of Laremy Tunsil, Scharping, Nick Martin, and Tytus Howard would present a surprisingly formidable squad.
Last season, Schofield blocked for the combo of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, which is comparable to the Texans’ backfield of Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson. If he can be signed at a contract similar to his last Chargers deal (two years, $5 million), the Texans should jump at the opportunity.