Source – Texans trade Bengals RB Joe Mixon

The Houston Texans are trading veteran Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon, a source told ESPN's DJ Bien-Aime.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mixon, a second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2017, has been the starting running back for the Cincinnati Bengals for the past seven seasons. In 2023, he rushed for 1,034 yards and 9 touchdowns and totaled 1,410 yards from scrimmage.

But the Bengals' rushing attack lacked explosiveness last season. Before Week 18, when Cincinnati was eliminated from playoff contention, the Bengals ranked 27th in the NFL in running back carries that ran 12 or more yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information data.

Mixon, 27, was expected to be released after the Bengals reached a deal with free agent manager Zach Moss. By trading him, Cincinnati saves $5.8 million against the salary cap.

Mixon started in 88 of the Bengals' 97 games over seven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2021, had four 1,000-yard rushing seasons and threw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl LVI loss that capped Cincinnati's best postseason run in more than three decades.

Overall, Mixon rushed for 6,412 yards during his Bengals career, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and scoring 49 touchdowns. He also caught 283 passes for 2,139 yards and 14 others.

ESPN's Ben Bibby contributed to this report.

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