For the past two offseasons, when it came to free agency, the Houston Texans have shopped on the dregs of the bargain bin, due in part to a lack of salary cap space left by Bill O’Brien and due in part to the roster dilapidated, also left by Bill O’Brien. However, now that Nick Caserio has cleaned up the salary cap and hired a head coach that people believe in, the Texans have been able to shop the more expensive aisles this offseason.
They’re not yet shopping high-end luxury stores, but they’re bringing players of starting NFL caliber, and that’s progress. The trend continued this week, with the signings of former Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz and former Bills player returning Devin Singletary to one-year contracts. Schultz’s deal is worth up to $9 million, according to NFL Network, which first reported his deal. Singletary’s settlement is worth up to $3.75 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
We give marks to both of these purchases
DALTON SCHULTZ, YOUSchultz is one of only four tight ends in the entire league to amass 50 catches and 500 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons. The other three are Pro Bowlers Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews and TJ Hockenson. In other words, Schultz was super productive. The versatility of him is a perfect scheme that fits the offense OC Bobby Slowik is likely to handle, as Schultz becomes the likely immediate starter for the Texans. Last season, he played to a $10.9 million franchise title with the Cowboys. This is a hugely valuable signing for a player who probably had several options in the league but chose the Texans. Good signing, the only thing that could have improved it was a second year of contract. GRADE: A-
DEVIN SINGLE, RB During his four-year career in Buffalo, Singletary was enduring, consistent and productive. Over the past three seasons, Singletary has been the Bills’ lead running back and has totaled over 950 yards in scrimmage in each season of his four-year career, including a career-high 1,099 rushing yards in 2022. Singletary has been very reliable and approachable , having played in every regular season and postseason game for the Bills in the past three seasons. In Houston, he will likely complement sophomore running Dameon Pierce, giving the Texans, potentially, their most powerful defensive backfield since Arian Foster led in 2014. GRADE: A-
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