Texans re-sign inside linebacker Akeem Dent to two-year deal

The Texans acquired inside linebacker Akeem Dent from the Falcons in exchange for backup quarterback T.J. Yates last summer and ended up starting six games and playing 227 snaps on defense for Houston.

On Tuesday, the Texans re-signed Dent to a new two-year contract, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Houston has long been trying to find a second inside linebacker to pair with Brian Cushing. Dent is unlikely to be that guy. He’s a decent run stopper, but can’t cover a lick. He’ll continue to fill a reserve and special teams role for the Texans, while General Manager Rick Smith should be looking for linebacker help in the draft after losing Brooks Reed to the Falcons via free agency.

Dent, a former third-round pick, is entering his age-28 season.

5 responses to “Texans re-sign inside linebacker Akeem Dent to two-year deal

  1. Is this why they restructured JJ Watt’s deal? Surely that $8 million will go to a player that will have more of an impact.

  2. That Clowney pick hurts worse and worse. I’m not saying it’s doomed the franchise forever, but wow what a wasted opportunity. Thanks Rick.

  3. Who would you take if you got a redo, htowntexan? If you say Manziel, throw your computer in a trash can.

  4. weworemasks says:
    Mar 24, 2015 5:11 PM
    Who would you take if you got a redo, htowntexan? If you say Manziel, throw your computer in a trash can.

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    Depends. If we know as much as we do now, there is no way you draft Clowney first overall. So if that’s the case, who’s the best player on the board? I think a guy like O’Brien goes with offensive line, and takes Jake Matthews to man the right-side of the line. Derek Newton was better last season, but going into the year we had serious concerns about the position. So I think that would be the pick.

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