His 4.5 sacks for the Baltimore Ravens were his lowest output since 2016, when he only played five games because of injury. The days of Houston as an elite pass-rusher are done, but he’s likely to reward whatever team signs him and won’t come at a high cost.
What’s most appealing about Houston is his experience. In suiting up for Baltimore, the Indianapolis Colts and the Chiefs, he has played for three strong organizations with different schemes and has been successful at every stop.
With Jadeveon Clowney still unsigned and few proven pass-rushers outside Myles Garrett, the Browns would be wise to sign Houston.
Jerry Hughes likely just played his last season as a starter as he enters his age-34 season.
But if he’s your team’s third pass-rusher, that’s a good situation.
Hughes’ two sacks were his lowest output since 2011, and his snap share dwindled to 52 percent last year with the Buffalo Bills. Still, he was winning his one-on-one matchups at a good clip. According to PFF, he has posted a 90th percentile pass-rush grade and pass-rush win rate over the last three seasons.
He could latch on to a contender that is willing to give him a specialized role and send him after the passer.
The Chiefs would make sense from that perspective. They have yet to re-sign Melvin Ingram III and could use a cheap pass-rusher. Frank Clark led all Kansas City defensive ends with 4.5 sacks in 2021.metasports
The Buffalo Bills added another solid offensive lineman to the free-agency pool when they released Daryl Williams in mid-March.
Outside one second-team All-Pro season in 2017, the 29-year-old hasn’t been one of the league’s best. He has, however, been a legitimate starter. Last season, he was the second-highest-graded player among the Bills starting line, per Pro Football Focus.
In each of the last two seasons, the Oklahoma product has given up four or fewer sacks, according to PFF’s data, and can play both right guard and right tackle. That positional versatility is big for teams that are still unsettled with their starting five.