Report: 49ers trade for Texans DT Maliek Collins

Mar 13, 2024, 10:05 AM | Updated: 10:06 am

Joe Flacco #15 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass while being pressured by Maliek Collins #96 of...

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 13: Joe Flacco #15 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass while being pressured by Maliek Collins #96 of the Houston Texans during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs at NRG Stadium on January 13, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

The 49ers are adding more defensive depth, striking a trade with the Texans.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Houston will send Maliek Collins to San Francisco in exchange for a seventh-round pick. Schefter did not clarify if the pick is for this upcoming NFL Draft or a future draft.

Collins was selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. After four years in Dallas, Collins spent one year with the Last Vegas Raiders before signing with the Texans in 2021, where he started 46 games for Houston.

In eight NFL seasons, the 28-year-old DT has recorded one interception, four passes defended, one forced fumble, six fumble recoveries, 25.5 sacks, and 206 tackles.

The 49ers have lost some key figures on the defensive end. San Francisco plans to release Arik Armstead once the new league year begins while Javon Kinlaw and Clelin Ferrell have agreed to deals with new teams.

Joining Maliek Collins in San Francisco this upcoming season include Leonard Floyd and Yetur Gross-Matos, who both agreed to deals on Monday, and Jordan Elliott.

Key offseason dates for the San Francisco 49ers

  • March 13 – The 2024 free agency signing period begins at 1 p.m. PST
  • March 24-27 – Annual league meeting in Orlando
  • April 25-27 – NFL Draft in Detroit

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