Today, Cover32 released their Top 10 free agent offensive linemen. Jared Velheer, Alex Mack and Brandon Albert are on the list and are players who are capable of helping Houston shore up an already solid offensive line.
Last season, Texans quarterbacks were sacked 42 times, in the middle-of-the-pack in 2013. With Duane Brown and Chris Myers already anchoring one of the league’s better offensive lines in recent years, and with the Texans due to limited cap space and many weaker areas they need to fix, signing one of the cream-of-the-crop offensive linemen may not be in their best interests, regardless of how good they are.
Velheer, Mack and Albert are all deserving of huge pay days, but the Texans simply won’t be able to open up their cheque books for these guys.
The Texans may be better off signing a more affordable option like Zane Beadles, the former Denver Bronco, or Zach Strief or Geoff Schwartz. These guys won’t be paid as much as the other available offensive line players, but they certainly wouldn’t take up too much of Houston’s cap space.
Beadles can play Guard or Offensive Tackle, and did an excellent job protecting Peyton Manning during his tenure there. He will be underpaid, can play multiple positions and can stay healthy. Beadles would be an ideal option for the Texans if they want to shore up one of the few strengths on this roster.