As the second week of the 2017 free agency closes, the Houston Texans have been quiet. After failing to re-sign cornerback A.J. Bouye and finally ditching the hefty contract of Brock Osweiler, the Texans have sat back and allowed the chaos of free agency to unfold around them with little participation.
Along with getting rid of Brock Osweiler, the Texans brought back both special teams veterans, kicker Nick Novak and punter Shane Lechler. Nick Novak is coming off one of his best seasons in his career and was ranked among the top five kickers in the league this past season. Shane Lechler was also a force for the Texans in 2016 finishing 6th in average punt yards (47.5), tenth in punts inside the 20 (30), and in the bottom half of the league in total punts. Lechler signed for one-year $2 million dollar deal and Novak agreed to a one-year $1.1.5 million dollar deal. Overall the Texans made good and safe moves by bringing these two back, and for cheap too. Novak especially has been a real asset on the offensive side, being nearly automatic in 2016.
It’s time to make a decision for the future of the quarterback position. Last week I commended the Texans on the move they made to ditch Osweiler’s contract at the expense of draft picks. This week, I question why the move hasn’t been made already to bring in Tony Romo to potentially compete for a Super Bowl. Every blog, analyst, and reporter predicts Romo to go to the Texans, the question is why hasn’t it happened already? Another question is whether the Cowboys are planning on trying to trade Romo or if they are going to release him to be signed.
The Texans are more likely to want to sign him as an unrestricted free agent due to the massive contract that Romo is currently under. After narrowly escaping the Osweiler dilemma, the money that Romo is guaranteed is close to what they would’ve been paying Osweiler. The best move for the Texans would be to just wait until the Cowboys are forced to release him due to the lack of trade interest. Once Romo is an unrestricted free agent, the Texans will be free to sign him to a “try-out” contract that will most likely have a low base salary and low guarantee with most of it being put towards incentives and performance.
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