Devin Singletary Aiming To Re-Sign With Texans
Devin Singletary operated as the primary Bills running back for most of Josh Allen‘s initial years as their quarterback, but the former third-round choice did not attract too much interest on the free market.
A congested running back free agent class led to a host of low-cost deals, allowing the Texans an opportunity to add a proven veteran on a one-year, $2.75MM contract. Singletary has surpassed that deal, however the running back position’s value remains in question despite Jonathan Taylor‘s extension. Taylor’s Saturday opponent would prefer to avoid another relocation.
Singletary said Thursday he wants to run it back with the Texans, via KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson, signaling he would embrace a return if the organization exhibits desire as well. DeMeco Ryans has viewed Singletary as a significant element in the team’s resurgence, and the 5-foot-7 running back is closing in on a career-high number for single-season rushing yards.
Once again exhibiting resilience, the small back has taken over as Houston’s top ball carrier. Dameon Pierce led the way as a rookie and spent the first half of this season as the Texans’ starter, but the 2022 fourth-round pick has not turned forth a great follow-up effort. With 835 rushing yards, Singletary more than twice Pierce’s total (416). Pierce is also averaging just 2.9 yards per rush (versus Singletary’s 4.3). Houston’s current RB1 ranks 16th in Next Gen Stats’ rushing yards above predicted statistic, with 58. Pierce ranks in the bottom five near the end of a disappointing season in Bobby Slowik‘s offense.
While GM Nick Caserio picked Pierce, the Florida grad was obtained to play in Pep Hamilton‘s scheme. Singletary has proven a fit under Slowik, who will certainly be back if he does not earn a head coaching job during this year’s cycle. Singletary logged two high-volume collegiate seasons, amassing 714 carries during his career at Florida Atlantic, but has played in at least 16 games in each of the past three seasons.
Having never reached 300 receiving yards in a season, Singletary presumably will not have a large price tag for 2024. Another congested free agent market will effect his future salary. This year’s three franchise-tagged backs — Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Tony Pollard — join the likes of D’Andre Swift, Austin Ekeler, Derrick Henry, Gus Edwards, J.K. Dobbins and ex-Bills colleague Zack Moss as free agents-to-be. But the 26-year-old back has certainly raised his market by a bit. Considering Singletary’s prominence in the Texans’ new scheme, it would be a bit surprising if the team was not interested in a second contract.