The Washington Football Team released two of their offensive tackles on Thursday afternoon. They cut ties with long-time right tackle Morgan Moses and placed 2018 third-round pick Geron Christian on waivers.
On Friday, one of them got scooped up. It was Christian.
Yes, the Houston Texans decided to claim Christian, according to multiple sources. As such, Christian will join the David Culley-coached team and compete for a spot along the offensive line.
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The Washington Football Team isn’t going to miss Geron Christian much.
While the former third-round pick from Louisville was always full of potential, he never lived up to it. He struggled with his technique on the outside and despite his size, length, and athleticism, he never quite panned out in Washington.
With Samuel Cosmi and Saahdiq Charles in the fold, the Washington Football Team has two young tackle options on their roster already. They have more upside and, at this point, are more cost-controlled than Christian. Even if Charles ends up playing the interior line long-term, he should get a chance to cross-train at the tackle spot.
Now, some maybe wondering why Houston decided to claim Christian after his poor performance to date. That will likely remain a mystery, but Nick Caserio, the new Texans GM who came over from the Patriots, has spent much of the offseason turning over the Houston roster.
In truth, he may have looked at Christian and seen a 24-year-old prospect with raw athletic talent that can compete for a spot. He’s getting him for free, so he’s risking nothing to give him a chance to fight for a roster spot.
And who knows, maybe he’ll try Christian inside at guard? That’s what the Texans appear ready to do with Marcus Cannon, who they acquired via trade with the Patriots.
All told, this is a low-risk move for the Texans. That’s why Christian got scooped up. And he only got signed ahead of Moses because he was on waivers and teams had to have their claimed in on him by Friday.
At the end of the day though, Washington will be fine without Christian. We’ll see if the Texans can make him into anything, but even if they do, Washington is set up to have enough depth without him.