Houston Texans should look to re-sign Dylan Cole despite injury

Houston Texans linebacker Dylan Cole (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Texans linebacker Dylan Cole (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans linebacker Dylan Cole is out once again for the season with an ACL injury. His contract is up and should be re-signed. Why is that the case?

The Houston Texans were able to get a key win over the Indianapolis Colts this past Thursday as they work to cement their chances of qualifying for the postseason.  Losing that game would’ve jeopardized that notion if there was a tiebreaker situation when the Houston Texans would cross the proverbial finish line.

The series is now split so that will be one less variable that will have to be used to separate the Houston Texans from the Indianapolis Colts.  I wouldn’t necessarily say that their 20-17 win was impressive but at the end of the day, they got the job done.

And quite honestly, that’s all that you can ask.

But as the Houston Texans were able to nab their 7th win of the season, the news of dynamic linebacker Dylan Cole being ruled out for the season with an ACL injury is disappointing for a budding player that was on the brink of breaking out.  He has already been placed on the injured reserve list and will have surgery to repair the tear in his knee.

He had been a terrific complement to counterparts Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham as well as the Lunch Pail Crew members in D.J. Reader, Angelo Blackson, Brandon Dunn and Carlos Watkins.

But we’ve been here before — Cole, 25, dislocated his wrist back last season and had arthroscopic surgery on his knee, missing eight games but returning to finish up his 2018 campaign.

In 2017, he missed four games after suffering a Grade 2 hamstring injury while intercepting a pass and charging toward the end zone in what likely would’ve been a Pick-6 play.

I know this is absolutely frustrating for Cole, who just wants to play a full season but it’s the consistent amount injuries that he sustains that stymies his progress in developing into the consummate professional football player.

Despite that he’s a bit injury-prone, the Houston Texans do need to look to re-sign Cole, who is in

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the final season of a three-year, $1.7 million deal he signed as a priority free agent when he went undrafted out of Missouri State.

He will be a restricted free agent next season meaning that the Houston Texans have exclusive negotiating rights with him but teams can still make offers and it would be up to the franchise on if they’d match.

I don’t think that they will be in a fight to keep Cole but I think a one or two-year deal with a pay raise should be in the works for Cole because he has been extremely productive when he has been out on the field.

It remains to be seen what plans the Houston Texans have for him but the most important thing is that he has a successful recovery from such a debilitating injury.

We’ll see — let’s go Houston Texans!

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Cole has amassed 47 tackles — 30 solos — along with five tackles-for-loss, two quarterback hits, 1.0 sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery through 31 games — one start — in his past three seasons with the team.