Houston Texans Re-Sign Kevin Walter
You never under-estimate the presence of a receiver who runs perfect routes, catches nearly everything thrown his way, and is fearless over the middle.
And apparently, neither do the Houston Texans.
The Houston Texans have reportedly come to an agreement with Kevin Walter, who had a short-lived free agent life, as the number two receiver will return to the team for a multi-year deal, and continue to line-up opposite of star receiver, Andre Johnson.
Walter’s strong fundamentals, under-rated speed, and solid play-making ability were easily lost by many throughout the NFL for the past few years, but it wasn’t until he was about to hit the open market that teams took hold of game-tape and saw something they liked.
So, too, did the Texans, and they decided to hold onto it.
While there was a ton of hype building up around third receiver, Jacoby Jones, the Texans weren’t ready to throw caution to the wind.
Walter has never been the game-breaker that Andre Johnson is, but considering the small amount of targets he gets, that has to be understandable . Still, Walter has always been a solid number two receiver, and has a knack of coming up with big catches, and is fearless in traffic over the middle.
This move suggests the Texans are committed to giving Walter a bigger chance and role in the offense, and when/if star tight end Owen Daniels can make it back to full health, the Texans will be returning all the weapons that helped them produce the NFL’s top overall passing offense.
Now that the Texans are set at receiver and with their passing game, they can turn to the running back position, while also adding depth to their growing defense.
LaDainian Tomlinson has been a hot free agent name, while many view Stanford’s Toby Gerhart as a potentially perfect complement to the explosive Steve Slaton.
Needless to say, retaining a guy they know well that can perform at a high level when needed was a bigger move than people are likely to give the Texans credit for.