The Houston Texans shored up their secondary on Friday after reportedly signing Chris Clemons to a two-year deal, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Houston Texans reached agreement on two-year deal with former Dolphins S Chris Clemons, per source. #Markman50— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2014
The team certainly moved fast, as the Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported that the team was welcoming Clemons for a visit on Friday. Hours later, a deal has apparently been reached.
This is the second safety the Texans have signed this offseason, following Kendrick Lewis' arrival a little less than a week ago.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated applauded the signing of Clemons:
Bleacher Report's Dan Hope was also a fan of the deal and felt that the Texans got a ton of value:
In my opinion, Chris Clemons better than many of the safeties who were signed before him. Should be good value for #Texans to land him now.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 28, 2014
However, Alen Dumonjic of theScore.com wonders if the addition goes far enough in addressing the issue for Houston:
Feels like Texans need more instincts at safety positions. Needed it before Chris Clemons signing and still need it.— Alen Dumonjić (@Dumonjic_Alen) March 28, 2014
The 28-year-old has spent the last five seasons with the Miami Dolphins. During that span, he intercepted four passes and defended another 17. Over the last two years, Clemons became an integral part of Miami's secondary, appearing in 32 games and making 191 combined tackles.
With the best safeties having already been signed this offseason, Clemons was one of the better ones still without a team. Even if he might not be the answer for the Texans, he'll at least represent an upgrade in 2014. McClain speculated that in the event Houston signed Clemons, "there is a good chance he will win a starting job."
Last season, the Texans ranked 24th in defensive DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average), according to Football Outsiders. It was clear that changes were needed, and the Clemons signing represents a positive step for next year.