3 free agent signings from AFC South rivals that left Jaguars fans laughing
Texas signing that left Jacksonville Jaguars fans laughing: Derek Rivers, DE
To the Houston Texans' credit, they're headed in the right direction after signing players in free agency that should have a positive impact in 2023. Moreover, they managed to keep left tackle Laremy Tunsil, so they should manage to win a few more games next season.
All things considered, general manager Nick Caserio has done a solid job of slowly restocking the roster after Bill O'Brien dismantled it. However, the Texans still have plenty of work left to get out of the cellar of the AFC South, and re-signing defensive end Derek Rivers won't likely help.
It's true that Houston couldn't exclusively go after Pro Bowl talent in free agency but River's addition doesn't move the needle and could even be released before he takes a single snap in Texans uniform in 2023.
Rivers was a third-round pick by the New England Patriots in the 2017 draft and his NFL career got off to a bad start when he tore his ACL in his rookie campaign. He then missed the 2019 season with a knee injury and appeared in just 24 games, five of them for the Texans last year. It's possible that the Youngstown State product left a positive impact on the team's decision-makers but it's hard to picture him turning the corner in 2023.
Given that the Texans can free up a bit over $1 million in cap space with $40,000 in dead money if they release River, there's a chance he might not be part of their 53-man roster in the season opener.