Houston Texans beefing up their defense, sign veteran linebacker

Texans sign former Lions linebacker. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

According to multiple reports, the Houston Texans are signing former Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin to a 2-year, $7.5 million deal with $5 million guaranteed.

The Texans re-signed LB Christian Kirksey recently, but clearly they weren't finished addressing linebacker. Many believe these signings, Reeves-Maybin specifically, mean Kamu Grugier-Hill will not be retuning to the team.

Reeves-Maybin is 27 years old and played in 15 games, 11 starts, for Detroit last season. He recorded 82 tackles and two forced fumbles. He was drafted out of Tennessee in the 4th round by the Lions in 2017.

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Are Houston Texans fans too optimistic about the current rebuild of the team under Texans GM Nick Caserio? Should Texans fans be more concerned about several key issues?

For instance, Texans fans would view the Deshaun Watson trade very differently if his legal issues hadn't become such a problem. Also, the Texans have had two botched coaching searches recently and no other NFL team interviewed David Culley or Lovie Smith for a head coach position recently, but Texans fans see the Lovie hire as a win. And rightfully so. He's certainly a more qualified candidate compared to Josh McCown. But if McCown is the measuring stick, that's clearly a concern.

Finally, will the next elite player the Texans develop want out like Deshaun Watson?

ESPN Houston's Cody Stoots and Mike Meltser debate on The Wheelhouse.

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