Edge Rushers the Texans Must Target Now That Dante Fowler is Off the Market

Zach Brunner
Everson Griffen recently opted out of his contract with the Vikings.
Everson Griffen recently opted out of his contract with the Vikings. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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The Texans have found themselves in headlines for all of the wrong reasons during the start of NFL free agency. However, they still have the opportunity to make big acquisitions to improve their team. A big area of need for them is to target an edge rusher to apply pressure along with J.J. Watt.

Dante Fowler was the top edge rusher on many teams' boards entering free agency, but he recently signed with the Atlanta Falcons. With that in mind, these are the top edge rushers the Texans should target immediately, with Fowler not available anymore.

1. Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen totaled eight sacks last season.
Everson Griffen totaled eight sacks last season. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Everson Griffen recently opted out of his contract, after playing his first 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. While he may have slowed down a bit since signing that contract, Griffen is still a strong pass rushing that can wreck havoc, especially when playing alongside someone like Watt. Griffen totaled eight sacks and 24 quarterback hits last season, which is productions the Texans would love to have.

2. Vinny Curry

Vinny Curry made just two starts last season.
Vinny Curry made just two starts last season. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Vinny Curry was back with the Eagles in 2019 after spending one season in Tampa Bay. Curry ended up making two starts last season, totaling 5.0 sacks and 12 quarterback hits. While Curry would likely see increased production in a system like Houston's, his greatest appeal would likely be his lower price tag.

3. Pernell McPhee

Pernell McPhee is coming off a season-ending triceps injury.
Pernell McPhee is coming off a season-ending triceps injury. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Pernell McPhee has bounced around in recent seasons, after making a name for himself in Baltimore. He is a big presence on the front line, but he has totaled just three sacks over his last two seasons. He is also coming off a season-ending injury in which he tore his triceps. While he may not be the top choice, he would be a solid rotational player for Houston or anyone that decides to give him another shot.


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