The Texans have been discussing trades for Nick Foles, and they may even draft a QB. But Mallett has been in the league a long time and is a true professional. Mallett showed glimpses last year before getting hurt. Whether Mallett is a starter or a backup next season, the Texans would be wise to keep him around.
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Lewis must be re-signed, as the Texans are very thin at the safety position. Lewis also won’t break the bank. For someone who played in all 16 games, made 84 tackles with 2 interceptions, they could do a lot worse.
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Reed became a necessity to re-sign when Clowney went down with his injury. There is no guarantee Clowney will be ready for next season, and the Texans have little depth at OLB. Edge rushers in free agency tend to become very expensive.
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While Johnson isn’t technically a free agent, this is much more about restructuring than re-signing. It would be a shame to see one of the all-time great Texans playing in a different uniform. The Texans need to find a way to restructure his current contract and bring him back to Houston. He also didn’t have a bad year with 85 receptions for 939 yards.
This is the biggest decision the Texans must make this offseason. Apart from J.J. Watt, Jackson might be the most important player on this defense. He registered 3 interceptions in 2014 and was a lockdown corner. He will come with a hefty price tag, but there is no one like him on the open market. The Texans must find a way to re-sign their starting CB.