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2021 NFL Free Agency: Texans Sign Linebacker Joe Thomas to a One-Year Contract

Another linebacker.

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What do Joe Thomas, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Christian Kirksey, and Kevin Pierre-Louis all have in common? They all play linebacker. With only Zach Cunningham remaining, and a switch to a 4-3 defense, then Texans are bringing in as many linebackers as they can in. Their newest linebacker, Joe Thomas, was signed to a one-year $2 million contract.

Thomas is a former undrafted free agent, who has has managed to spend seven years in the NFL, the last three of which came with the Dallas Cowboys. The 30 year old linebacker has started in 14 games over his career, and has 205 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 8 quarterback hits, and 12 tackles for a loss to his name.

It’s another player Houston signed to churn out the bottom of the roster. The position of the roster that Bill O’Brien clung to, and gave out millions of dollars to select individuals to, is now a shredder for new general manager Nick Caserio as he attempts to foster a competitive environment, break the pool cue, and buy as many lottery tickets as possible.