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Texans 2016 First-Round Pick WR Will Fuller Expected To Ink Elsewhere This Offseason

Nothing has been easy for the Houston Texans this offseason, from a mutual release of their most popular player of all-time in J.J. Watt to quarterback Deshaun Watson declaring he wants out, the Texans are a complete mess.

It should come then as no surprise that another one of their key players wants out before a snap is played in 2021, that being 2016 first-round pick wide receiver Will Fuller.

The 26-year-old who played his college ball at Notre Dame has been a staple in the Texans receiving core the last few seasons, but all indications are is that he’s going to test and likely bail via free agency.

The Texans could slap the franchise tag on Fuller, but that wouldn’t do much to solve matters, and at that point it would not be a surprise if Fuller sat out looking for a new long-term mega deal.

When on the field and healthy Fuller is a playmaker, teaming with Watson to make big plays for big yards.

Now though with Houston toying with the notion of moving Watson, Fuller probably does not want to be a part of a complete rebuild.

He has had injury issues, playing in 53 of a possible 80 games as he’s had to watch plenty of games from the sidelines.

Fuller has never played more than 14 games in a season, and that came back in his rookie year of 2016. This last season he played in 11 games, making a career-high 53 receptions for 879 receiving yards, pulling in eight touchdowns and averaging 16.6 yards per catch.

There’s no doubt that teams that are looking for receivers are going to take a look at Fuller, but the injury woes could scare some teams away.

Back in late November of 2020 Fuller was hit with a six-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy.

No doubt he’ll find a home this offseason in Houston or elsewhere, and it wouldn’t be a stunner to see him ink with a team that is looking to add a playmaker at the receiver spot.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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