The Eagles unfortunately outbid the Texans for Brandon Brooks' services today, but Rick Smith swiftly responded by snatching up Jeff Allen from the Chiefs.
Texans signing OL Jeff Allen. Done deal.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 9, 2016
Take two on that deal for Texans OL Jeff Allen: four years, $28m, $14m in the first year. Misread a text. My bad on that.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 9, 2016
Allen has been a solid contributor in Kansas City for the past few years, particularly as a run blocker in front of the Chiefs' stable of highly productive running backs. While not quite as dominant as Brooks at the point of attack, he is more than reliable enough to justify his $7,000,000.00 per year price tag in the modern offensive linemen market. Considering how much cash Rick Smith just had to spend to get himself a quarterback, finding value signings on the offensive line is as important as ever for Houston's long term financial stability.
UPDATE: The breakdown of Allen's contract with the Texans, courtesy of Aaron Wilson:
Jeff Allen Texans deal: $28M, $12M gted, $5M signing bonus, salaries $2M, $4.75M, $5.75M, $6M— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 10, 2016
Jeff Allen $28 million Texans deal includes $3 million roster bonus this month, annual $31,250 per game active roster bonus— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 10, 2016