The Houston Texans have released two-time Pro Bowl center Chris Myers. Myers was scheduled to make $6M in 2015, which led the team to their decision to part ways. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2005 draft by the Denver Broncos and recruited to Houston by new head man Gary Kubiak in 2008.
With Myers’ ties and history to the Broncos, he makes perfect sense as a player John Elway will likely target in free agency. Myers is one of the few free agent centers on the market to have earned a trip to the Pro Bowl and his experience in the zone blocking scheme is something the Broncos will value.
Myers doesn’t just have experience playing center in the zone scheme, he has executed the duties therein at the highest levels. He’s arguably the most experienced and accomplished zone center in the NFL and he’s now a street free agent, and free to sign with whichever team he wishes.
Last year for the Texans, Myers played 1,124 snaps, earning a +2.3 cumulative grade via Pro Football Focus. As a run blocker, PFF graded him at +14.4, but as a pass blocker, they gave him an atrocious -9.7. He was accountable for one sack, 3 QB hits and 20 hurries.
However, those numbers came with Myers protecting Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Mallett—a far cry from the lighting release of Peyton Manning. Nevertheless, those negative pass blocking grades are cause for concern.
It should be mentioned that 2014 was the first year in Myers’ career that he wasn’t playing in a Kubiak system, which could have something to do with his performance. Perhaps he was a fish out of water, so to speak.
Another concern with Myers is his age. At 33 years old, he is definitely on the “back nine”of his career, so he wouldn’t represent a long-term solution at the position, if the Broncos signed him. As much as fans would like to see Rodney Hudson in orange and blue next year, Elway is unlikely to pay top dollar for the privilege. Hudson is reportedly looking to get paid.
Although nothing official has been scheduled, fans should expect to hear reports of Myers visiting the Broncos in the near future. He makes perfect sense for the Broncos and I'd be shocked if they didn't at least kick the tires. Although he’s on the wrong side of 30, he likely has one or two good years left in the tank, which would buy the Broncos time to groom a new center, which they’re likely to procure in the upcoming NFL draft.