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2021 NFL Free Agency: Houston Texans Re-Sign Dontrell Hilliard

Just out here making moves.

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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.

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.