With rookie center Nick Martin being placed on injured reserve today, the Texans are still trying to work out who will be the starter heading into Week One of the regular season. Greg Mancz and Tony Bergstrom are the likely candidates, having seen the vast majority of the snaps at center this preseason, with Dalton Freeman registering just nine snaps against the Cardinals.
Bill O'Brien will be weighing all the options to find a solution at center. Could Houston find the answer outside of the options currently on the roster?
It would appear there are at least two viable potential veteran options at center, assuming the Texans think there's a fit.
The #Vikings are trying to trade center John Sullivan, per sources. He’s healthy now. Some veteran help available.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 29, 2016
Per source, the Seahawks are shopping C Patrick Lewis.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 29, 2016
At the age of 31 and entering his ninth year in the league, John Sullivan has plenty of experience. He paved the way for Adrian Peterson in his near record 2,097 yard year in 2012 and helped Brett Favre take the Vikings to NFC Championship Game in 2009. Sullivan has, however, struggled with injuries in recent years, undergoing microfacture surgery in 2013.
Patrick Lewis is much younger at 25, but comes in relatively inexperienced with only 13 starts under his belt. Lewis helped to stabilise the rocky center position for the Seahawks last year, but he appears to have lost out to rookie center Joey Hunt, who has been PFFs top graded center this preseason.
Whether or not either would be an upgrade on Mancz or Bergstrom is up for debate, but the Texans could certainly be taking a long hard look at the pair.
Do you think the Texans have any interest? Would you like to sign either of them?
With Justin Britt listed as the top center in Seattle and Patrick Lewis, who started the final 10 games of 2015 in that spot a year ago, now No. 2, it appears that Lewis is on the verge of becoming a former Seahawks.
Per a league source, the Seahawks are trying to trade Lewis.
Signed from the Browns’ practice squad in 2014, Lewis supplanted Drew Nowak during the 2015 as the starter. Britt, a second-round pick in 2014, moved to center after playing left guard last year and right tackle as a rookie. Cutting Lewis will allow the Seahawks to avoid his $1.67 million salary, which arose from application of the lowest level restricted free agency tender. Unlike franchise tenders, RFA tenders are not guaranteed when signed.
UPDATE II: A trade may not be necessary. One of these players could be available to sign as a free agent before the day is over.