NFL Free Agency Day 3: Silence on Kirby Ends
Three days of NFL free agency in the books, and here is your Houston Texans scorecard:
Photo by Briho Texans scorecard
* Two players cut * Five players left in free agency * One cockblocking on a veteran quarterback * Zero new players acquired * One player re-signed * A growing abyss between the AFC (which includes the Texans) and the Denver Broncos
Let's briefly dig into each of these, shall we?
TEXANS GARAGE SALE
The news of Earl Mitchell's signing with the Miami Dolphins (four years, $16 million, $9 million guaranteed) actually came down on Tuesday and became official on Wednesday. Mitchell is immediately inserted into a defense in Miami that fits his size and skill set better than the Texans' defense, if for no other reason than Romeo Crennel's scheme is the worst possible fit for Mitchell, who is not morbidly obese enough to play nose tackle in Crennel's version of the 3-4.
From there, the cherry picking off of the Texans roster resembled the first hour of a suburban garage sale, with teams around the league nabbing the roster equivalents of broken furniture, discarded toys and used clothing.
In the spirit of every Texans defensive-lineman-not-named-J.J.-Watt looking for work elsewhere, Terrell McClain, who wasn't made a tender offer on Tuesday, spent less than one day in unrestricted free agency, agreeing to a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. Inside linebacker Joe Mays, who the Texans signed off the street before the start of last season and who started 13 games in 2013, signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Next, special teams maniac and crowd favorite Bryan Braman signed a two-year, $3.15 million ($1 million guaranteed) with the Philadelphia Eagles, further solidifying the Texans' status as the Eagles' D League team (Barwin, Ryans, Casey, Donnie Jones, Carmichael, Maehl).
Finally, inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton inked a one-year deal with the Redskins that could reach $2 million. In the six or seven games that he would normally suit up for, Sharpton will no doubt be missed. Hopefully, the Texans recognize Sharpton when the Redskins come to Reliant next season by hanging an ACE bandage with number 51 from the rafters.