Texans make right move re-signing OT Roderick Johnson
Houston Texans are bringing back swing tackle Roderick Johnson for this upcoming season.
The Houston Texans have decided to re-sign offensive tackle Roderick Johnson to a one year deal according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. The deal is expected to pay Johnson up to $1.75 million for this upcoming season. Johnson was originally an exclusive rights free agent before the Texans decided not to tender him to a contract and let him hit the open market.
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However, the Texans made a move in the right direction in retaining Johnson as a player to continue to develop moving forward at a bargain price. Houston was reportedly in the market for a swing tackle, but they weren’t going to find an option willing to sign with Houston at the price they signed Johnson.
Johnson, 24, is still a relatively young player that has improved since being claimed off waivers by the Texans in 2018. Johnson was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns but waived after spending his rookie season on the injured reserve.
However, Johnson impressed the Texans enough to earn a spot on the practice squad and has worked his way up to the active roster.
Johnson has shown growth through his first two years in Houston and demonstrated the ability to handle both tackle positions on the offensive line.
The Texans now have their top three tackles in Laremy Tunsil, Tytus Howard, and Johnson as they are shaping up to be the preferred options heading into this season.