Houston Texans: Justin Britt has experience to help o-line in 2021

Justin Britt, Houston Texans

Justin Britt, now of the Houston Texans Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans most likely have their starting center for 2021 as Justin Britt has a one-year deal with the franchise after not playing last season.

This offseason the Texans released Nick Martin to help with the salary cap (and he has since joined the Los Angeles Raiders), so this offseason the Texans went out and signed Britt to the aforementioned one-year contract for $5 million.

Plus, the Houston Texans have also have Cohl Cabral in the franchise. They signed him to the practice squad in November 2020, as he was previously with the Los Angeles Rams as a rookie free agent signing.

The addition of Britt to the Houston Texans is one of the more exciting moves this offseason made by general manager Nick Caserio and the front office due to the fact Britt does have a great amount of experience with a winning franchise, as he was a member of the Seattle Seahawks. While in Seattle, not only did Britt get to be the center for Russell Wilson, but he played in seven playoff games, one of which was a Super Bowl.

Britt knows what a winning franchise should be like, and he should be rested and recovered from all injuries as he sat out the 2020 season. In his most recent season on the field, Britt in 2019 played in just 504 snaps before his season-ending ACL tear. That season, he had a Pro Football Focus grade of 62.0 and allowed two sacks.

In ’18, Britt played in 989 snaps and also allowed two sacks. The two seasons which stand out are the 2016 and 2017 seasons for Justin Britt, and maybe that si the player the Texans can get, especially the 2016 version of Britt.

Britt had his best PFF grade to date at 77.0 in 2016, where he played 994 snaps and didn’t allow a single sack. In ’17, while with the Seahawks, Britt allowed just one sack in 1,062 snaps.

Houston Texans: Justin Britt can provide leadership to new-look offense

The Houston Texans will have a new look at the start of the 2021 season than they did at the start of 2020 where Will Fuller, Duke Johnson, Nick Martin, Darren Fells, Zach Fulton, Cullen Gillaspia and Senio Kelemete are no longer on the roster.

Though Britt didn’t play last season, and it is still unknown what the quarterback situation is with the Houston Texans, there is no doubt that Britt should be the favorite to be the starting center for Houston in 2021 if he is healthy when that time comes.

Britt is an experienced center who knows the ins and outs of the NFL and has been a part of some very successful teams in Seattle. He’s played with a top-tier quarterback in the NFL, and on the current offensive line of the Texans with Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard on the outside at tackle, the o-line in Houston will be surprising many in ’21.

That leadership and experience Britt brings to the Texans will be an exciting aspect to watch for the Texans this offseason, and if things can turn out well for him, maybe it can lead to a longer tenure with Houston beyond ’21.