The Texans are signing veteran defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to a one-year, $10.5 million contract, according to a league source.
Rankins leaves the New York Jets to anchor the Texans’ defensive line. He had 43 tackles, three sacks, seven quarterback hits and four tackles for losses last season for the Jets.
The Texans have prioritized bolstering both sides of the line of scrimmage and were actively looking to fortify the interior offensive line and the defensive line during free agency, according to multiple league sources.
“That’s everything,” first-year Texans coach and former Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans said during the NFL scouting combine when asked about the importance of being strong in the trenches. “To me, everything starts up front. It’s definitely a priority to address the offensive line and the defensive. line. The teams that are successful are the teams you see, Philly, Kansas City, their fronts were outstanding, offensively and defensively. If we want to play in February, we have to make sure our front is dominant on both sides.”
Rankins, 28, is a former New Orleans Saints first-round draft pick from Louisville who has recorded 191 career tackles, 23 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception.