2013 NFL Free Agency: Houston Texans Re-Sign OT Andrew Gardner

I'm surprised he's in a photo, honestly. - Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Houston Texans finally make an acquisition and retain rarely used offensive tackle Andrew Gardner.

Your Houston Texans finally got into the acquiring spirit on Friday and re-signed offensive tackle Andrew Gardner.

What? Were you expecting a different announcement?

The fourth-year-pro from Georgia Tech is now slotted as the primary reserve behind starting offensive tackles Duane Brown and Derek Newton. The six-foot-six Gardner has seen action in five games during his four year career that began with the Miami Dolphins in 2009.

No terms of the deal were released, but Gardner was a restricted free agent who did not receive a tender. I would expect it to be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. That would not keep the Texans from drafting another tackle to bring in as competition for the swing tackle role or to push Newton at right tackle, whose seventh-round rookie contract makes it economically feasible for him to play reserve tackle as well.

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