The Texans have added Christian Kirksey to their front seven. The former Browns and Packers linebacker will join on a one-year deal with maximum value of $4.5MM (Twitter link via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com).
The Packers released Kirksey and Rick Wagner earlier this month to free up $10MM+ in cap room. Kirksey was cut with a failed-physical designation, but the Texans saw this as a value opportunity. It’s not clear what Kirksey is dealing with, but the Texans are aware of it and willing to take a small gamble given the reasonable cost of his contract.
Kirksey, a third-round pick of the Browns in 2014, began his career as a high-end cog on bad Cleveland teams. His early work prompted the Browns to give him a deal worth north of $10MM. However, Kirksey struggled with injuries in 2018 and ’19. Ditto for 2020, though his 11-game campaign saw 77 tackles and two sacks It was his most extensive work sample in years, a dual showcase of his ability and fragility. Now, in advance of his 29th birthday, he’ll have a chance to shine on a largely remodeled Texans defense.
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