The burner has just been turned on the offseason. Teams have already started to make little moves. Except for the Houston Texans, who have already made an enormous move by releasing J.J. Watt. Now is the time for a little one.
That little move? The Texans have decided to re-sign running back Dontrell Hilliard to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
Texans retain free agent running back Dontrell Hilliard on a one-year, $1.25 million contract that includes a $920,000 base salary, $80,000 signing bonus and total of $200 guaranteed, according to a league source, instead of doing original round restricted free agent tender— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) February 22, 2021
Hilliard started the season with the Browns, where he had 9 carries for 48 yards. He then spent two games with the Texans and had zero offensive production. He did return five kicks for 104 yards as a replacement for DeAndre Carter.
Why did the Texans re-sign Hilliard? Camp competition? Future kick returner? Third down back? Nick Caserio trying to get his legs underneath him and learn the big job? Jack Easterby Bible study member?
I can’t tell you why. This seems like the type of thing no one will remember once the season begins. But for now, Hilliard remains a Houston Texan.