Texans To Sign OL Michael Deiter

MARCH 21: To little surprise, Wilson reports that Deiter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texans (Twitter link). Offensive additions continue to be made in Houston this offseason, including both along the offensive line and amongst the team’s skill-position group.

MARCH 20: Continuing a busy Texans afternoon, former Dolphins offensive lineman Michael Deiter intends to join the AFC South team. Deiter visited the team Monday and is expected to be part of Houston’s O-line mix, KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson tweets.

Moving between starter and depth piece in Miami, Deiter spent last season as a backup. The Texans drafted Kenyon Green in last year’s first round and traded for fellow guard Shaq Mason. Houston also re-signed Scott Quessenberry recently, making the Deiter addition appear a depth signing.

A former third-round pick out of Wisconsin, Deiter has 23 starts on his resume. Sixteen of those came for an undermanned 2019 Dolphins squad. Deiter worked as an interior backup in all 18 Dolphins games last season, but Miami added ex-Chargers and Jet starter/swingman Dan Feeney last week.

The Texans have rookie-contract cogs Charlie Heck (2020 fourth round) and Austin Deculus (2022 sixth) as backup options, with 2021 UDFA Jimmy Morrissey rostered as well. Deiter would stand to provide some experience as an interior option. The team lost center starter Justin Britt in September of last year; the 2021 Houston starter left the team for personal reasons. The Texans released Britt earlier this month; he is expected to retire.

It would not surprise if another interior backup option joined the Texans, but Deiter will be in the running for a role with DeMeco Ryans‘ team.

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