John McClain and others broke some news over Twitter last night that the Houston Texans have reached out to former center Chris Myers for a possible return to the team.
The Texans have reached out to former C Chris Myers about returning to the team. He's considering multiple options before deciding.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) June 9, 2015
Despite the team releasing Myers a little more than three months ago, this would be a big win for a roster currently trotting out Ben Jones, Xavier Su'a-Filo and various other unknowns for the position. Especially since the loser of the competition at C would likely win the starting spot at left guard. It's possible that Myers is a poor fit for what Bill O'Brien & Co. want to do with the offensive line, but his experience and ability remain quite valuable.
Either way, this is the second time that Myers has hit free agency since the team traded for him in 2008. Myers enjoyed his best year in 2011, anchoring one of the league's best offensive lines. He was rewarded with a hefty extension (4 years, $25 million, with $14 million guaranteed) but that was only after Myers visited with other teams, drawing interest from the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.
The prospect of a Texans' OL without Myers was as scary then as it is right now. A guard/center prospect in Ben Jones had just been drafted back in 2012, but the options for replacing Myers were pretty limited otherwise.
Now, if the reports are true, history has swung back around and put Myers and the Texans right back to where they were in 2012, though under unfriendlier circumstances (with his abrupt release and all). Can Rick Smith smooth things over and bring him back for much cheaper?
Impossible to say, but it'd be just as huge now as it was back then.