The Houston Texans hosted free agent linebacker Zach Orr formerly of the Baltimore Ravens on Monday. Orr became an unrestricted free agent after an interesting series of events. Orr initially announced his retirement in January 2017 before announcing in June that he is coming out of retirement to continue playing. Initially a restricted free agent, Baltimore declined to place a tender on Orr since it was presumed he was retiring. With the the decision to not retire, Orr is now a free agent and looking for a new team for 2017.
In today’s NFL, there is not a thing as too much talent on the defensive side of the ball. Orr can replace Brennan Scarlett as a starting outside linebacker. A former All-Pro, Orr can take the Texans defense to another level. There are few opportunities to add a player of Orr’s caliber and any team would jump at the chance.
A linebacking group consisting of Orr, Whitney Mercilus, Brian Cushing and Bernardrick McKinney would terrorize offenses. 2016 was Orr’s first full season as a starter. Accumulating 89 solo tackles and 41 tackle assists, Orr was dominant for the Ravens. It is not often that a player as productive as Orr is available for teams to sign in free agency.
As a result of the domaine of Orr, he will not be a free agent for long. If Houston does not sign him, expect him to sign elsewhere and quickly. The Texans must sign him to make up for the losses in the secondary. Pressure up front will lessen the effect of losses in the defensive backfield. Since the Texans want to make a push for the playoffs, signing Orr needs to be their highest priority.