NFL contracts don't technically expire until 3 p.m. CST on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean that teams can't re-sign players they employed in 2015 to new deals before then. To that end, your Houston Texans are making sure to lock down some of the guys they'd like to see back in 2016.
Cornerback Charles James (@CJDeuce_) says he's signed one-year contract to return to #Texans— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 7, 2016
.@CJDeuce_ on returning to #Texans:"I love Houston.W/the Super Bowl being here this year hopefully I can help make something special happen"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 7, 2016
.@CJDeuce_ re-signs with #Texans on 1-year deal.To Texans fans: "Hey, we have one more year to have fun and win some football games."— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 7, 2016
#Texans have re-signed Shane Lechler and Nick Novak— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 7, 2016
#Texans re-signing tackle/guard Jeff Adams— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 7, 2016
Of those four, I'd say I'm most pleased to see Charles James back. Publicity from "Hard Knocks" aside, CJII showed he can contribute on special teams and in the secondary when the team brought him back, and he did the majority of it on a broken foot. He provides solid depth.
Novak and Lechler re-signing doesn't shock me, though I am very curious to see what kind of money Lechler in particular got. I thought the Texans would consider attempting to upgrade at both positions, and perhaps they still will through a competition at training camp. As fantastic a career as Shane Lechler has had, he shouldn't be considered untouchable anymore.
Frankly, I'm stunned the team re-upped Jeff Adams. To my admittedly amateur and untrained eye, Adams didn't play well when forced into duty early in the 2015 season, and he's coming off a torn patellar tendon. That doesn't exactly scream "priority free agent" to me, but that's one of the many reasons I don't get paid for my personnel evaluations.
Thoughts on this news? Think we'll get similar stories about the team coming to terms with Brandon Brooks and/or Ben Jones before the market opens on Wednesday?
UPDATE: Details on Novak and Lechler's new deals:
Shane Lechler Texans deal: one-year. $1.8 million, $500,000 signing bonus, $1.3 million base salary— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 11, 2016
Nick Novak one-year deal $965,000, $80,000 roster bonus March 14, $885,000 salary, cap figure $680,000 veteran minimum salary benefit— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 11, 2016