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2016 NFL Free Agent Tracker: Denver Broncos Sign Jared Crick

The defensive end, drafted by the Texans in 2012, has decided to head to the Rockies. Houston fans react on Battle Red Blog.

Gone to Denver.
Gone to Denver.
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When the 2016 season opens, J.J. Watt will have someone else playing opposite him on the Texans' defensive line.

This is a move that makes sense on a number of levels. In addition to his familiarity with Wade Phillips' scheme, Crick will reunite with Bill Kollar, under whom he had the most productive season(s) of his NFL career. We had read the Texans and Crick had exchanged numbers some time ago; the fact that a deal didn't get done could mean (1) the Texans simply didn't value Crick as much as another team in the market (in this case, the Broncos) did and/or (2) Crick simply wanted a fresh start if the financial terms were comparable. In any event, best wishes to Jared Crick as he continues his career in Denver.

If it wasn't already a high priority, Crick's departure makes defensive end an increasingly likely area of need in the 2016 NFL Draft for the Texans.