Houston Texans re-sign OT Derek Newton

If Newton plays like he did last season, he’s worth this deal, which will pay him 26.5 million over 5 years and essentially guarantees him 13.5 million over 2 years (only 10 million is actually guaranteed, but they’re unlikely to cut him after one year with guaranteed money still owed in 2016). In 2014, Newton graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 19th ranked offensive tackle, grading out below average in pass protection, but excelling in the run game, grading out 4th at that aspect in 2015.

This issue, in addition to his struggles in pass protection, is the 2011 7th round pick is a one-year wonder. Newton has started 46 games over the past 3 seasons, but he was horrible in both 2012 and 2013, grading out as Pro Football Focus 64th ranked offensive tackle out of 80 eligible in 2012 and 72nd out of 76 eligible in 2013. Given that, this is a very risky deal, but it could be worth it as Newton was an important part of this line in 2014.

Grade: C+




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