Houston Texans 2017 Team Needs
The Texans were big players in the 2016 Free Agent market bringing in high priced offensive players like Lamar Miller and Brock Osweiler. The Texans won the division, although it was probably in spite of those acquisitions. Now Houston finds itself with money committed to a quarterback that appears best suited as a backup and no real answer moving forward, in addition to their other roster needs in an increasingly competitive AFC South.
Primary Needs: QB, DT, OG
Secondary Needs: S, ILB
Free Agency Strategy: At $26 million under the cap the Texans are unlikely to be major players in this year’s free agent market without making some changes to their roster. While the team doesn’t have any major contributors likely to sign elsewhere as free agents the team will need to bring in some veterans to replace players like Vince Wilfork. Akeem Dent is worth resigning as is Devon Still, who might be a bargain if his family situation dictates that he remain in Houston. Houston probably won’t bring in a veteran free agent unless they can get them cheaply, likely after June 1st when they can cut Osweiler. The exception to this will be possibly Tony Romo. Houston is built to win now and close to Romo’s home. It is also reportedly his preferred destination. Romo would be an upgrade over Osweiler and Tom Savage, but he still comes with risk.
Draft Strategy: Houston only has 5 selections in the draft this year. At the 25th pick Houston will probably be able to grab a starter at inside linebacker, offensive guard, safety, and possibly a quarterback like Deshaun Watson. Trading down would allow them to select players of similar value at all the above mentioned positions except quarterback, would give them better value for defensive linemen, as well add an extra selection or two to their coffers. Right now Houston is winning the division because they are making far fewer mistakes than their rivals. That is not likely to continue so adding some young talent is extra important for the Texans.