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Texans Fans Should Hate Latest Free-Agent Signing

Devon Platana
Houston Texans fans should hate their team's latest free-agent signing.
Houston Texans fans should hate their team's latest free-agent signing. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

After the Houston Texans went an embarrassing 4-12 in 2020, the team and their fans were ready for a fresh start in 2021. After all, Nick Caserio is the new general manager in charge of ushering in a new era. Considering how he spent the last two decades with the New England Patriots, winning six Super Bowls along the way, the Houston fanbase has high hopes for their new GM.

However, Caserio left Texans fans scratching their heads on Tuesday as he signed former Patriots running back Rex Burkhead to a deal. It wouldn't be a surprise if Houston fans hate this move once they realize that Burkhead is now the seventh RB in the organization.

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This deal would make sense if the Texans didn't have any running backs or were weak at the position. But that's not the case. Houston already has the likes of David Johnson, Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay leading the backfield, so it's hard to imagine where Burkhead would fit in.

The signing gives off the feeling that the only reason the former Patriots RB was brought in was because of his connection to Caserio. The 30-year-old recorded 466 total yards from scrimmage in 2020 while adding 6 touchdowns along the way. However, his season came to an abrupt end when he injured his knee in a 27-20 loss to the team that he just signed with. If Burkhead shows any signs of his injury when he takes to the field with Houston, this signing could look even worse.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Texans likely missing the NFL postseason at -1200 odds, so maybe the Burkhead signing was an example of Caserio throwing everything to the wall and hoping that something sticks. After all, it's hard to imagine any logical situation that would see the need to add a seventh running back to the mix.

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