After two days of rumors that it would happen, Aaron Wilson reports free agent OL Zach Fulton will in fact sign with the Houston Texans.
Texans strike deal with Chiefs free agent offensive lineman Zach Fulton averaging $7.5 million annually, according to league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 14, 2018
Ian Rapoport mentioned the likely average salary shortly before Wilson did, though he didn’t say the deal had officially been consummated.
The young veteran offensive lineman leaves the Kansas City Chiefs for an exponential pay raise in Houston. Fulton, 26, started 46 games for the Chiefs at center and guard since being drafted four seasons ago. He is expected to play guard for the Texans unless incumbent center Nick Martin’s injury is more severe than we have been led to believe.
Born in Detroit, Fulton played his college ball at Tennessee before being selected by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Texans were almost immediately named as the favorites to sign Fulton at the onset of the “legal tampering” period and moved quickly to ensure they get better interior OL play in 2018.
How much better Fulton is than what is already on the roster remains to be seen.
Although Deshaun Watson did his best to mask the issues, the Texans’ offensive line as a whole was flat-out POOR last season, especially when it came to pass protection. Free agent busts, draft busts, injuries, a holdout, and ultimately the trading away of the one solidified position on the line last season put the Texans in a self-inflicted tough spot. While it’s not likely the team can completely overhaul nearly an entire offensive line in one offseason, they certainly need to make every effort to do so.
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