The Texans have around $44 million in cap space remaining, the second most in the league behind only the Indianapolis Colts. There are still players out there. There is money to spend. Even if the first big wave tossed all the king crabs, man-o-wars, box jellyfish, and dorsal finned amphibians out to sea, there are still stinky, little shells left on the shore to be picked up and placed to one’s ear.
These are two players, we, the masthead, would like to see the Texans toss some money at.
LG: Stefen Wisniewski: One of the greatest football watching joys I’ve had is watching the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line. Jason Kelce, Wisniewski, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai were incredible during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run. Wisniewski fought his way to start at left guard for that team and found his way to the bench last year when the younger and better Isaac Seumalo took over. As a free agent, he’s the best guard available and would be a dramatic improvement over Senio Kelemete.
Interior Defender: Timmy Jernigan: This one won’t happen. Jernigan is a great run defender and alright interior pass rusher. He would fit right in as a 3-4 defensive end on the Texans.
BUT there’s a big problem. The Texans re-signed Angelo Blackson and are going to run out either him or D.J. Reader at defensive end next season. Both players offer nothing as interior pass rushers. What a shame. The interior pass rush is once again going to be horrendous next season. It’s going to be up to Whitney Mercilus to return to his old self for Houston’s pass rush to reach the heights it should if J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney are healthy.
BONUS PICK: Offensive Tackle Jeremy Parnell:
The former starting right tackle in Jacksonville is a competent pass blocker. He was recently released as part of the Jags’ stomach bile purge to cough up change to create cap space to sign Nick Foles. I’d like him as tackle competition here since there isn’t a starting tackle available right now. Also, he was released, so Brian Gaine doesn’t have to worry about his precious little compensatory picks if he signed him.
Defensive Tackle Danny Shelton:
Call it my insatiable #NTLUST or my fondness for former Browns draft picks, but I would look at trying to bring in Danny Shelton and allowing him to use his size and occasional freakish quickness to create interior pressure, perhaps permitting other members of the defensive line to generate some production.
Similarly, Timmy Jernigan would be a nice piece to add to the line in order to further render that Angelo Blackson contract redundant.
Wide Receiver De’Anthony Thomas:
As for things that are not defensive line related, I would be interested to see De’Anthony Thomas on the Texans purely for the addition of his speed, which could potentially offer similar value to what Will Fuller already provides. It would be interesting to see Bill O’Brien try to recreate the mythical ‘’EDGE’’ position Tyler Ervin was supposed to occupy in his offense, but with a more gifted player in Thomas.
Defensive Tackle Timmy Jernigan:
The Texans need more interior pass-rush ability and depth in the front seven.
Offensive Tackle Donald Penn:
He brings veteran leadership to a historically terrible offensive line in Houston that completely lacks competent coaching. How sad is it that a 36-year-old lineman is actually needed to help improve this unit for the Texans?
That’s all I can think of. Now please excuse me while I find some tweezers to remove the splinters from digging around the bottom of the free agency barrel.
EDGE Justin Houston:
He’s not necessarily a guy you want getting 700 snaps at this point of his career, but he’d be a far better guy than, say, Angelo Blackson or D.J. Reader in sub packages. PAY HIM, RICK.
Cornerback Darqueze Dennard:
We should be signing every available CB to see what they have. Dennard has looked great at times but is injury prone. You gamble on types like this.
Cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin or Darqueze Dennard:
It’s like when you’re at the dessert table and all the cheesecake and banana pudding is gone, so you have to settle for the diced cantaloupe.
It would just be nice to add another cornerback. These two would probably come cheap. It’s a low risk move to sign one of them to a one-year deal.
Running Back T.J. Yeldon or Jay Ajayi:
I’d love the Texans to grab a value running back in the draft. But with all the other needs and seeing the modest deal Tevin Coleman got in San Francisco, it may be worth it to grab a guy who they know can perform on the cheap.
Offensive Tackle Donald Penn:
Of course, it’s not an exciting pickup, but I’m all for bringing OT Donald Penn in. Sure, he was hurt last year and he’s very near the end of his career, but he would instantly be FAR and AWAY the best offensive lineman on the Texans. How incredibly sad is that??
Also, can any of the available interior defensive linemen still get to the QB? One of them please. Or a CB like Darqueze Dennard or Morris Claiborne.
That’s what our heart desires. What about you? Which Rotoworld page are you refreshing in hopes they are linked to the Houston Texans?