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2016 NFL Free Agent Tracker: Houston Texans, Chris Clark Agree To New Contract

Tonight's not all bad news when it comes to the Texans' offensive line, as the team was able to retain the services of a crucial reserve. Find out the details on Battle Red Blog.

Nothing like a million dollar handshake.
Nothing like a million dollar handshake.
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

This news may not elicit the passionate response that Ben Jones' departure to a division rival or Brandon Brooks' eventual decision does, but it's important nonetheless.

Acquired from the Broncos for the paltry sum of a seventh round pick shortly before the final round of training camp cuts last season, Chris Clark turned out to be a key component of the Texans' offensive line in 2015. He found himself getting spot starts in relief of an ailing Duane Brown at a couple of points during the season, culminating with being forced to hold down the blind side of the offensive line during the debacle that was the Texans' wild card playoff game after Brown went down with a torn quad. Although Clark is unlikely to unseat Duane Brown or Derek Newton as a starting tackle for the Texans, he provides proven depth at both positions, giving Houston a significant luxury many teams don't have.

Clark was reportedly a wanted man in free agency, so it's a coup for the Texans to keep him from hitting the open market. Well done, Texans.

UPDATE: Still don't know the guaranteed money, but...