The Texans are retaining another of their own free agents whose individual 2021 performance outshone that of the team. According to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson, the team is re-signing linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill on a one-year, $4MM deal (Twitter link).
Grugier-Hill, who will be 28 at the start of next season, came to Houston in 2021 on a similar deal to this one. His time in Houston was preceded by four seasons with the Eagles and one with the Dolphins. In the case of both of his former clubs, he saw heavy playing time on special teams, though in Miami in particular he started to show his coverage skills.
With the Texans, Grugier-Hill saw his stated desire of more consistent playing time come to fruition. He started all 14 games he played in, setting career-highs across the board. The former sixth-round pick totalled a team-leading 108 tackles, adding three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. While his numbers in coverage weren’t as impressive as his background in that aspect of the game suggest they could have been, 2021 was nothing short of a breakout year.
The Grugier-Hill re-signing would mark the third notable move the Texans have made with respect to their LB corps. The team has already re-signed Christian Kirksey and added former Lion Jalen Reeves-Maybin this offseason. With the three of them in the fold, the top of the depth chart at the position appears to be set.