After over two months of silence, the Houston Gamblers have made a couple of moves. The team has signed OL Justin Redd in an effort to bolster the offensive line, his agent Darren Wilson tells Pro Football Newsroom.
Breaking: The Houston Gamblers have signed OL Justin Redd, per source.
Redd mostly played at Norfolk State, where he won MEAC Lineman of the Year in 2021.
The last two USFL signings Houston had made was on September 30th. Then, on December 8th, the team signed DB Tyler Coyle. On the 15th, they re-signed WR Isaiah Zuber. Now, they’re adding another piece to the roster with Justin Redd.
Redd brings quite a bit of quality experience to the table for the Gamblers. He began his college career at Norfolk State, where he made an impact as a freshman in 2018. Justin started in 10 of 11 games played, helping the Spartans have the second fewest sacks in their conference.
In 2019, Redd started in all 12 games, which earned him All-MEAC Second Team honors. The Spartans did not play in 2020 due to COVID-19. Redd stuck with Norfolk State in 2021, where he started in all 11 games – even winning MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year.
From there, Justin Redd decided to make the move to East Carolina for the 2022 season. He started in all 13 games that year at left tackle.
Now, Redd has signed with the Houston Gamblers for 2024, looking to kickstart his professional career with the USFL.
With the USFL-XFL merger approaching quickly, questions surround the situation in Houston. Clearly, the city can only have one team between the Gamblers and Roughnecks. At the moment, it seems like Houston will have a franchise in 2024 – but no official decision has been made as to which team it will be.
Regardless, GM Lionel Vital has secured a couple of important pieces as of late. In addition, the offensive line has been a point of emphasis, as the team signed C Jakari Robinson a few months ago.
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