Anytime a team with limited cap space can get an experienced offensive lineman this close to the draft, they normally jump at the chance. When that offensive lineman is a former Pro Bowler and your quarterback’s lack of upright time has been one of the team’s downfalls, it should really become a no-brainer.
Houston Texans, meet right tackle Tyson Clabo.
The Atlanta Falcons recently released Clabo in their own move towards saving few dollars, and with about $3 million of cap space remaining, he could be exactly what the Texans need. Clabo was slated to make $4.5 million with the Falcons this season, so the contract structuring would have to be creative to get him paid near what he’d like and still keep Houston under the cap, but it’s certainly a workable deal.
Clabo isn’t considered to be an elite offensive tackle in the league, but he’s too good for the Texans–who have a huge need at OT–to pass up. He also possesses the one thing that the Texans definitely need on the offensive line, durability. Clabo never missed a game since 2007 and started in 80 games over the last five years for Atlanta.
Versatility is another thing that Clabo has to offer the Texans, as both in college and in the NFL he’s played on both sides of the offensive line, and at both guard and tackle.
The Texans have to figure out a way to keep Matt Schaub protected and to have an offensive line that can open holes for Arian Foster.