Texans general manager Rick Smith traded a sixth-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos for Chris Myers in 2008. He was the Broncos’ assistant general manager when they drafted Myers in the sixth round out of Miami in 2005.
In 10 seasons with the Broncos from 1996-2005, Smith saw first-hand the importance of Pro Bowl center Tom Nalen to Denver’s dominant running game. Myers, who made his first Pro Bowl in 2011, has taken on a similarly vital role in Houston.
“He’s been a tremendous leader,” Smith told Texans TV on Saturday as Myers re-signed with the Texans as an unrestricted free agent. “To get him back in the fold and to have him anchor our line for years to come, it’s an exciting day for us.”
Heading into free agency, the Texans’ primary focus was on re-signing their own players. They lost linebacker Mario Williams and guard Mike Brisiel to other teams, but they have re-signed both of their free agents who were Pro Bowlers last season, Myers and running back Arian Foster.
“We want to be a balanced offensive football team, and this gives us the ability, we hope, to continue to have an outstanding running game,” Smith said. “Chris really is the beginning of everything that we do up front with respect to making line calls, to making sure that everybody’s coordinated, and so this is a very important piece to what we do. And obviously, [with] Arian’s ability to make plays with the football in his hand, it was important for us to get that deal done. I can’t speak more highly of how he has handled himself, and obviously the production that he has on the football field and what he means to our team. So to have both of those pieces in back place right now feels real good for us as we continue to move forward and go reach our goals.”
As the Texans move forward, Smith’s preferred method of assembling the roster will continue to be through the draft. The Texans have been quiet in free agency so far aside from the Myers and Foster moves.
“We’ve talked many, many times about the fact that we build through the draft and we supplement through free agency,” Smith said. “Now, you think back to last year, we did make a splash first day. We went out and signed Johnathan Joseph and turned right around that day and signed Danieal Manning, and those moves were good for us… We were fortunate in the draft last year as well to get some players that were able to come in and help us. But we primarily want to build through the draft and then take care of our players like an Arian, like a Chris Myers, and so that’s the way that we’re building this thing.”
Tags: Arian Foster, Chris Myers, Free agency, Rick Smith
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