As I mentioned earlier, the Houston Texans haven’t added any free agent help along the offensive line. Somehow, with the worst offensive line in the league, the Texans managed to rip off a historic 10 game winning streak after starting 0-3.
However, the offensive line remained a problem and Watson was beat up all season long. It got so bad earlier in the season that the team had to bus him to Jacksonville to play in a game because he couldn’t fly due to some rib/lung injuries.
Ultimately, the team gave up 62 sacks which were a league-high and one of the highest totals in league history. So, something has got to change and it appears that the team is content with developing current players and hopefully drafting starters. However, there are still options available on the market like Josh Sitton.
Sitton was a mainstay on a very good Packers offensive line for eight years. They opted to not re-sign him due to age and cost and he went to the Bears, their division rivals. He played two very good seasons in Chicago before inking a two-year deal with the Dolphins.
Unfortunately, he tore his rotator cuff in the first week of the season and went down for the year. The Dolphins, who are now in full rebuild mode, opted to get out of the deal with Sitton to save some money and tank for a quarterback in the future.
Fortunately, the average recovery time for rotator cuff surgery is under nine months. So, he’s about seven months into and should theoretically be ready to go by training camp and full go by the start of the regular season. Sitton shouldn’t be too expensive and he can shore up the left guard spot to help protect Watson.