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The Texans Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Jaguars

Larry Rupp
The Houston Texans should steal offensive lineman Andrew Norwell away from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Houston Texans should steal offensive lineman Andrew Norwell away from the Jacksonville Jaguars. / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Back-to-back losing seasons have caused the Houston Texans to enter a rebuilding period. Building depth and acquiring talent should be atop the front office's list of priorities this offseason. With nearly $21.3 million in available cap space, the Texans have an opportunity to be active in free agency.

While there may be bigger needs on the roster, upgrading the protection in front of young quarterback Davis Mills is a smart idea. Keeping him healthy is the key to improvement, so Houston should steal offensive lineman Andrew Norwell away from the rivaled Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Keep in mind the Texans allowed the ninth-most sacks in the NFL last season (44.0) and failed to get anything going in the rushing attacks. In fact, Houston averaged a league-low 83.6 yards on the ground per game to go along with a 3.4 yards per carry mark. That's as underwhelming as it gets.

Signing Norwell would help the Texans in more than just one way. Not only has the eight-year pro been a stellar run-blocker in his career, but he also never given up more than 3 sacks in a season. Norwell's consistency would give new head coach Lovie Smith a lineman he can rely on everyday.

At 30 years of age, it may not seem like Norwell fits Houston's plans beyond the next season or two. However, Houston is expected to take an offensive lineman in the upcoming NFL Draft according to some insiders. If that ends up being the case, Norwell's mentorship would be a huge benefit to the rookie.

Houston will look to make up some ground in an AFC South division that lacks a true dominant team, but remain a long shot to win Super Bowl 57 at +18000 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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