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Texans, Lamar Miller strike four-year, $26M deal

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The Houston Texans have rebuilt their offense with a pair of high-octane, free-agency additions.

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Minutes after agreeing to a deal with former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, the Texans have struck a pact with Lamar Miller. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the former Dolphins running back will sign a four-year, $26 million deal with $14 million in guarantees.

NFL Media's Rand Getlin noted that Miller will earn $6.5 million per year from the Texans. He could have signed elsewhere for $7 million per season, but Miller liked the situation in Houston better, Getlin was told.

Less than a week after releasing veteran Arian Foster, the Texans have found a workhorse in Miller who piled up 1,971 yards at a healthy 4.8 yards per clip over the past two seasons. Entering his fifth year, Miller has plenty left on the tires after being underused for much of his time in Miami.

"(Miller) tore us up," Texans owner Bob McNair told the Houston Chronicle. "He's got the tremendous speed we were looking for. He's a a good receiver, too."

The Cowboys reportedly also had their sights set on Miller, but Texans general manager Rick Smith deserves credit for finalizing two major, roster-jolting deals before the launch of free agency.

Osweiler showed enough promise in Denver to give Texans fans hope under center. Miller, meanwhile, gives Houston a versatile and athletic runner who has yet to reach his potential. Both deals have the potential to be looked back upon with vitriol, but the Texans are swinging for the fences in a wide-open AFC South.

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