The Houston Texans’ offense is set to look a whole lot different in 2016, especially in the backfield. As everyone settled in ready for the official start of free agency, news of a series of big-name deals broke just before the 4pm ET beginning of the new football year. The biggest story unquestionably was the Texans winning a two-team tug-of-war with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos to secure Brock Osweiler, but in quick succession it was announced that former Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller would be joining him in a new look backfield. The pairing significantly upgrade what was a poor offense overall outside of receiver Nuke Hopkins, that really held back what is a title challenging defense on the other side of the ball. Suddenly Houston looks like they have the potential to be legitimate contenders if the pieces all gel harmoniously. The running back market contained a number of big names, and the majority have secured their deals to set the market value at the position. Lamar Miller’s deal is to run for four years and contains $14 million in guarantees, with the potential of earning up to $26 million over the life of the contract. It has also been reported that he had an offer that would earn him a higher yearly average, but on a longer deal, choosing instead to take the shorter option offered by the Texans. The talented running back has spent all four years of his career to this point in Miami with the Dolphins, but was widely considered to be under-utilised during that time. He’s flashed the vision, burst and power to be a consistent, productive back, but did not see the carries week in and week out to prove that. The former 4th round pick from the 2012 draft averaged 4.6 yards per carry for the Dolphins, but passed the 1,000 yard mark only once in 2014. He’ll get a chance to show that he can handle a bigger workload now under Bill O’Brien. Shortly after the big two announcements, an additional bonus for Miller was also confirmed, that the Texans had added an additional blocker up front with offensive lineman Jeff Allen filling another need.