Robert Duyos

Lone Star State Showdown? The Houston Texans Working to Land Lamar Miller

Reports of a two team race for the Miami Dolphins Lamar Miller appears to be boiling down to the Lone Star State.

The football clock continues to tick toward the opening of free agency and interest in Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller coming to the Houston Texans is taking shape. It seems the Dolphins have come to accept that Miller is headed to a new destination in 2016 and, being one of the top free agent targets at running back, a nice pay day is in order. 

The race for Miller seems to have boiled down to two teams, the Texans and the Dallas Cowboys, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The Texans have made it clear that getting faster on offense with playmakers was a key point to address going into 2016.

Big Plays in 2015 20+ Yards 40+ Yards Total
Miller 13 2 15
Texans 5 RBs 11 1 12

The Cowboys are no doubt interested in Miller, but there is a cap on how much they are willing to spend which is around $5 million annually. Miller is wanting a contract north of $6 million per year but that number will more than likely even out to $4-5 million per year with his new deal. 

The Texans running back position needs help due to the recent release of Arian Foster, with Alfred Blue the only real option at running back under contract and set to return. 

In 2015, Miller gained 872 yards, averaging 4.5 yards a carry with 8 touchdowns. He also had 47 receptions for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Miller had 13 touches go over 20 or more yards last season and had his biggest game against the Texans in week seven, going for 175 yards rushing with 61 receiving yards and two touchdowns. 

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