With the legal tampering window set to open, expect the Houston Texans to start conversations with free agent right tackle Ricky Wagner of the Baltimore Ravens according to a source. The Texans are in disarray at the right tackle position due to Derek Newton’s unfortunate knee injuries, which will lead to a missed season in 2017. Additionally, the up and down play of Chris Clark in 2016 means that the Texans know they have to find another option to start at right tackle in 2017 in a hurry.
With a limited offensive tackle prospect group in the draft, the Texans will have to turn to the free agent market to ensure they have a player in place before the draft arrives.
Wagner is considered one of the top two offensive tackles on the free agent market in 2017 and is expected to make a solid contract with his new team. Drafted in the 5th round out of Wisconsin in 2013, Wager has appeared in 62 games, starting in 47 of those games overall, and 45 starts coming in the last three seasons.
If the Texans can land Wagner, he would be the penciled in right tackle for the 2017, upgrading the position over what the team had in 2016. With a limited market, the Texans will be active looking for a veteran option at the tackle spot.
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