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2018 NFL Free Agency News: Houston Texans Sign Senio Kelemete

Reports say the Houston Texans will sign the former Saints offensive lineman.

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Senio Kelemete joins the Texans after the Saints reportedly try to keep him in New Orleans
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The Houston Texans’ ongoing overhaul of the offensive line will continue with the signing of now-former Saints guard/tackle Senio Kelemete. Several outlets have reported the signing; however it looks like Ian Rapoport had it first:

The versatile lineman played in all 16 games with New Orleans last year, eight at guard and eight at tackle. He has started 22 of his 58 career games played.

Kelemete joins former Bills OT Seantrel Henderson and former Chiefs C/G Zach Fulton in this free agent class for Houston; the Texans are certainly throwing bodies at the offensive line problem. Despite the additions, after missing out on Nate Solder (who signed a monstrous deal with the New York Giants), the Texans still lack their 2018 starting left tackle (one would hope).

Kelemete was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, was not with a team in 2013, and has been with New Orleans since 2014.

Saints beat writer Herbie Teope says the Saints tried to keep Kelemete, but he felt there was a better chance to start in Houston:

Thoughts on the Texans signing of Kelemete, faithful readers? Keep checking back at Battle Red Blog for all the latest free agency news!

UPDATE: Further dissection of the terms of Kelemete’s contract with Houston...

UPDATE II: Seeing how fans of the team a player is leaving react to his departure can sometimes provide some idea into whether a free agent signing is worth getting excited about. In that vein, Saints fans seem bummed that Kelemente left New Orleans.