May 27, 2024

Recent updates from NFL insiders shed light on the Houston Texans’ free agency plans. Depending on the specifics of Dalton Schultz’s contract, the Texans are poised with a considerable cap space of at least $50 million, providing ample opportunity for maneuvering in the free agency market.

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Insiders Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 and Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN shared insights into the Texans’ potential moves. Despite rumors of Giants running back Saquon Barkley’s interest in joining the Texans, it’s uncertain if Houston will pursue him. Instead, there’s speculation about a strategy involving the retention of Devin Singletary and the addition of another running back like D’Andre Swift or Tony Pollard, possibly at a lower combined cost.

Austin Ekeler, a target for several other teams, hasn’t been linked with the Texans. Singletary, praised by Houston coach DeMeco Ryans, is likely to remain on the roster. Swift, coming off a successful season with the Eagles, and Pollard, though less consistent due to injuries, are potential options for Houston’s backfield.

Defensive end Jonathan Greenard, the Texans’ priciest free agent, enjoyed a stellar season with 12.5 sacks but faces uncertainty regarding his future contract. If Houston opts not to retain him, they may focus on bolstering their defense, particularly at defensive tackle. Players like Christian Wilkins from Miami and Justin Madubuike from Baltimore could attract the Texans’ attention in free agency.

Fowler and Graziano discussed Wilkins potentially re-signing with the Dolphins, while Madubuike received the franchise tag from the Ravens. Wilkins’ impressive stats make him an appealing prospect for Houston, especially with Sheldon Rankins, their current defensive tackle, hitting free agency.

Additionally, Texans linebacker Blake Cashman has garnered interest from teams after leading Houston in tackles last season, as noted by Fowler.

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