According to multiple reports, the Texans have released veteran center Chris Myers after seven seasons with the team. Myers will turn 34 in September and was set to draw a $6M salary in the final year of his contract; he graded out at plus-2.3 over 1,124 snaps in 2014.
Denver drafted Myers in the sixth round of the 2005 Draft, and he started all 16 games for them at left guard in 2007. In one of their odder moves, the Broncos then signed the restricted free agent to a multiyear contract and traded him to Houston for a sixth-rounder that would become Spencer Larsen.
Reunited with Gary Kubiak, Myers became Houston's starting center, and he's not missed a start (112) since. He was named to the 2011 and 2012 Pro Bowls, and PFF made him one of their All-NFL first-teamers for the 2011 campaign.
Broncos Ring of Famer Tom Nalen never played another game after Myers' departure, and Denver has since had a revolving door at the position, often filled by mid-thirties veterans. Casey Wiegmann handled the pivot for two seasons, J.D. Walton (who was just released by the Giants) did the same, and then Dan Koppen took over when Walton went down in 2012. Manny Ramirez was a revelation in 2013, but he struggled in 2014 and was eventually shifted back rightward and replaced by Will Montgomery, who is a pending unrestricted free agent.
Denver has a potential center-in-waiting in 2014 draftee and practice squadder Matt Paradis, but it's unclear whether he's ready to make the leap to starting, especially in an offensive system that's new to him. Myers would fit as an obvious solution thanks to his familiarity with Kubiak, but given his age, he'd only figure to be another stopgap, and not a long-term solution.
At this late juncture, signing Myers wouldn't quite amount to righting their wrong from seven years ago, but one has to think the Broncos will consider bringing their former draftee back into the fold. On Sunday, Mike Klis reported that Denver is "almost certain" to sign one of the top free agent centers (Rodney Hudson, Stefen Wisniewski), but Myers' availability has to alter that likelihood somewhat.