The Texans have signed restricted free agent T Andrew Gardner— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) March 15, 2013
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.