HOUSTON – The Texans are signing former Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz to a one-year contract with a maximum value of $9 million and they’re signing former Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary to a one-year, $3.75 million maximum value deal, according to a league source.
Schultz, 26, is a former Cowboys fourth-round draft pick from Stanford. He played last season under a $10.9 million franchise tag. He caught 57 passes for 577 yards and five touchdowns.
Schultz provides the Texans with a proven receiving threat at tight end after they lost tight end Jordan Akins in free agency to the Cleveland Browns as he signed a two-year, $5.2 million deal.
Schultz, who caught 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021, has caught 211 career passes for 2,122 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Singletary visited the Texans today along with free agent wide receivers KhaDarel Hodge and Steven Sims Jr., according to league sources.
Singletary, a 5-foot-7, 203-pound former record-setting running back at Florida Atlantic and Bills third-round draft pick who scored 32 touchdowns as a sophomore, should provide a complementary presence to Pro Bowl alternate running back Dameon Pierce.
Singletary, 25, has rushed for 3,151 career yards and 16 touchdowns with 145 catches for 971 yards and four scores for the Bills.
Singletary split time last season with James Cook, rushing for 819 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and caught 38 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown.
In eight career playoff games for the Bills, Singletary has rushed for 301 yards and three touchdowns and caught 26 passes for 195 yards
The Texans are also expected to sign veteran Miami Dolphins free agent center Michael Deiter, according to a league source.
Deiter (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) is a former Dolphins third-round draft pick from Wisconsin. Deiter, a former All-American and Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year for the Badgers, has started 23 of 57 career games. He played tackle and guard at Wisconsin. He started 15 games as a rookie. He was a reserve last season, appearing in every game.
The Texans previously re-signed center Scott Quessenberry to a one-year deal worth up to $3.1 million and have Jimmy Morrissey under contract. They may also address the position during the draft.
The Texans traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Dallas Cowboys and have added wide receivers Robert Woods and Noah Brown as free agents while bringing back Nico Collins, Amari Rodgers and John Metchie III, who missed his entire rookie season on the non-football illness list while being treated for leukemia.
Sims played collegiately at Kansas and signed with the Washington franchise after going undrafted.
He played last season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching 19 passes for 105 yards. He had 13 runs for 70 yards The 5-foot-9, 184-pound Travis native and Pecan Grove High School graduae had a touchdown return as a rookie. He returned 24 punts for a 5.5 average and averaged 25.5 yards per kickoff return last season for Pittsburgh. He has 75 career receptions for 679 yards and five touchdowns.
The Texans need help at kickoff returner after Tremon Smith signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Denver Broncos.
Hodge played collegiately at Prairie View A&M. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Mississippi native has played for the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons. He has 41 career catches for 614 yards and one touchdown. A former quarterback at Alcorn State, he moved to receiver and transferred to Prairie View where he caught 48 passes for 844 yards and 12 touchdowns and was an All-American selection.
Hodge caught 27 passes for 157 yards last season for the Falcons.
Aaron Wilson is a Texans and NFL reporter for KPRC 2 and click2houston.com