Houston Texans Cut Winston, Need to Draft Offensive Tackle

By Eric Droddy

With the free agent market beginning today and the Houston Texans releasing right tackle Eric Winston, this should be the biggest need addressed by the Texans. Winston had started 87 consecutive games for the Texans providing the stability and consistency needed to form one of the more underrated offensive lines in the NFL.  http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-3/2011-Season-in-Review-Offensive-Line/ec8a9b23-d574-43c5-b555-8d4e9da56cb4

With two other offensive linemen up on the free agent market, the Houston Texans need to work diligently on resigning these men.  Center Chris Meyers and right guard Mike Brisiel have been absolute steals coming in at the cost of a 6th round pick and from free agency respectively.  This would go a long way in maintaining the quiet dominance the Texans have displayed in the trenches. Meyers and Brisiel provide nice running lanes for Arian Foster and pocket protection to Matt Schaub.   Losing Eric Winston should cause the Texans to hold off  looking at the wide receiver position as an area of greatest need.

With the Houston Texans at the salary cap it will be difficult to spend a lot of money to replace these guys.  But by cutting Matt Leinart and 1.75 million in salary, this could help keep them on.[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/AdamSchefter/statuses/179375273056284673″]  Quite frankly, the free agent market for offensive linemen is a little thin at this point.  That may leave them searching the later rounds of the NFL draft for offensive linemen.  A task which may end up a little cheaper anyway.  Late round possibilities include Matt McCants from University of Alabama-Birmingham, Brandon Mosley-Auburn and Bobbie Massie from Ole Miss.  The Texans coaching staff has done a tremendous job cultivating talent on the offensive line.  These prospects should do well under the tutelage of John Benton.

On the other hand, if the Texans can get the deals done to keep Meyers and Brisiel, another deep threat wide receiver would be nice.  Don’t let the 4.6 40 time of Kendall Wright fool you, the young man can flat out play.  And if speed is what you desire to compliment Andre Johnson, then look no further to Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech, Jarius Wright-Arkansas or Michael Floyd from Notre Dame are your guys if available.




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