Texans News: 3 free agents available after not signing Timmy Jernigan

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1. Damon Harrison

Here is another quality veteran who could adapt to playing nose tackle for the Houston Texans and that is 31-year-old Damon Harrison, also known as “Snacks.”

Harrison might cost more the the previous two players mentioned, but again, this is just a one-year deal the Texans should be looking for. Harrison’s most recent one-year deal was last season with the Detroit Lions, as that went for $11.250 million.

Harrison is the best remaining defensive tackle on the market not named Timmy Jernigan, and the 350-pound player would be an excellent run stuffer for the Texans, as they need to have that veteran presence to take up for the loss of D.J. Reader. The 6-3 Harrison started all 15 games he played in last season, and he even had three passes defensed, plus had two sacks.

A signing of Harrison could be more than a one-year deal, but the Texans are fans of the “prove it” type of contract as they have in recent memory had some of those with players on the defense.

Also last season, Harrison totaled 29 solo tackles, plus had three tackles for loss and two QB hits. The prospect of Harrison lining up with J.J. Watt and Angelo Blackson is exciting as he’ll take a bit of the pressure and possible double teams off those two, and his presence would really help the run stop defense for the Texans as well.

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The Texans news is Houston needs to add just one more defensive tackle to their roster to be more than content with the depth chart, and Harrison would be a big sign for this franchise if he’s even drawing interest from them.