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Texans RB D'Onta Foreman could begin the season on the reserve/PUP list.

That would make him unavailable for the team's first six regular season games. Foreman tore his Achilles in November but has since been setback-free and rumored to be ready for Week 1. A healthy preseason would not only prove his readiness for the regular season, it could also allow Foreman to open 2018 in a starting role over teammate Lamar Miller.
Apr 21 - 10:33 AM

Cardinals signed CB Marcus Williams, formerly of the Texans, to a one-year contract.

Williams logged 18 tackles and one interception over 185 defensive snaps between the Jets and Texans last season. He's just a depth signing for Arizona.
Apr 19 - 1:28 PM

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans haven't "closed the door" on re-signing free agent Alfred Blue.

Blue has drawn interest from a few other teams including the Steelers, but remains on the market. The 26-year-old only played 156 snaps on offense last season but could make sense as an insurance policy for Houston with D'Onta Foreman still rehabbing a torn Achilles.
Apr 17 - 4:09 PM

Texans released OT Derek Newton.

Newton devastatingly ruptured both of his patellar tendons in 2016 and spent all of last year on the PUP list. He was apparently nearing a return, however, with USA Today's Mike Jones reporting Newton was cleared to work out during the offseason program. That makes the decision to cut him interesting, especially since he was due a $500,000 roster bonus back on April 1. Houston reportedly has not paid that bonus as of now, but Newton will file a grievance.
Apr 12 - 11:28 AM

Titans signed OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, formerly of the Texans.

Su'a-Filo was the Texans' starting left guard the past two seasons, though he was a major liability. He will be reuniting with Mike Vrabel in Tennessee but as a reserve. He joins recent signee Kevin Pamphile as another depth option behind Quinton Spain and Josh Kline.
Mar 27 - 4:50 PM

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans are "seriously interested" in free agent DB Tyrann Mathieu.

Mathieu would be a big get for the Texans, who featured one of the league's worst secondaries last year. Houston already made a splash by poaching Aaron Colvin from Jacksonville and can go for the jugular by reeling in Mathieu. Still just 25, the Honey Badger was let go by Arizona on Wednesday after refusing a pay cut. He was a first-team All-Pro as recently as 2015.
Mar 14 - 6:26 PM

Saints signed QB Tom Savage, formerly of the Texans, to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Savage began last year as the Texans' starter but was quickly benched in favor of stud rookie Deshaun Watson. He got his job back when Watson went down with a torn ACL, but would later join Watson on IR after suffering a brutal concussion in Week 14. Arguably the league's slowest quarterback, it's a wonder that a team ever considered Savage a viable starter. All things considered, New Orleans isn't a bad landing spot for the 27-year-old, who now gets a cushy gig as the clipboard holder for future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
Mar 14 - 5:54 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports free agent CB E.J. Gaines is on the Texans' "radar."

The Texans have already been linked to fellow free agent Malcolm Butler on Monday, and Houston was mentioned as a possibility for Trumaine Johnson by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora on Sunday. It's clear the Texans want to upgrade their secondary. Gaines just turned 26 but has health questions.
Mar 12 - 6:30 PM

NBC Boston reports the Texans have "reached out" to free agent Malcolm Butler.

Early interest in Butler has reportedly been robust, but the Texans are the only team to be publicly linked. Butler will be moving on from New England.
Mar 12 - 2:15 PM

NBC Boston's Michael Giardi reports interest in free agent Nate Solder is "off the charts," and that the Texans and Broncos appear to be "at the head of the class."

The MMQB's Peter King reported earlier Monday Houston is expected to be "all over" Solder. The Texans have a glaring need at left tackle after trading Duane Brown last season.
Mar 12 - 1:59 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are the "favorites" for free agent OL Zach Fulton.

Rapoport adds Fulton is expected to land more than $7 million per year to be the Texans' center. Houston really needs more help at guard, where Fulton played for the Chiefs, but perhaps they plan to move 2016 second-round C Nick Martin. Houston also needs help at tackle.
Mar 12 - 12:50 PM

MMQB's Peter King believes the Texans will be "all over" free agent LT Nate Solder.

Offensive line is Houston's biggest need, and getting Solder to fill the gap at left tackle would allow them to move 2017 fourth-rounder Julie'n Davenport to the right side. Solder will have no shortage of suitors, however, including the Patriots. Solder is expected to command at least $12 million per year on his next deal.
Source: MMQB
Mar 12 - 11:08 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Richard Sherman's first visit is with the 49ers and "there's a real chance it's his last."

The 49ers reportedly "want to make sure" Sherman is healing from his Achilles' injury. If his recovery is going well they will try to get a contract done. Sherman has also received "preliminary interest" from the Titans, Lions, Raiders, Texans, Bucs, and Packers. The 49ers are a rapidly improving team with plenty of cap space. They also play a similar defensive scheme to Seattle under DC Robert Saleh and will get to match up against Sherman's former team twice a year. This seems to be nearly a perfect match.
Mar 10 - 9:07 AM

Two NFL agents told the Houston Chronicle that the Texans "aren't interested" in any players who have knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

We posted this blurb under S Eric Reid because he is a free agent who knelt during the anthem. Per the Chronicle's Jerome Solomon, "it is considered to be understood" within the Texans' organization that owner Bob McNair would not sign off on any free agents "who (have) participated in protests or are likely to." In fact, Solomon passes along that there are "many who believe if McNair could field a team with all-white, all-conforming all-pro talent, he would."
Mar 5 - 6:13 PM

Profootballtalk reports as many as 6-7 teams are expected to pursue free agent Dion Lewis.

You get a lot of these kinds of reports this time of year, but this one is actually believable. Per Mike Florio, "potentially interested teams" are the Jets, Texans, 49ers, Raiders and Colts. Lewis is a hot commodity because he's an elite change-of-pace option who can bang between the tackles if necessary. That's what he did for the Patriots in 2017. Lewis was quite a find for the Pats, but he will likely get too expensive for their liking on the open market.
Mar 1 - 10:39 PM

Texans informed ILB Brian Cushing of his release.

Cushing became an afterthought in Houston due to a PED suspension and the improved play of second-year linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole. By releasing Cushing, the Texans will save $7.64 million. Cushing isn't nearly the same player he was once following multiple PED bans, but he is likely to resurface. New Titans coach Mike Vrabel coached Cushing in Houston, and Tennessee may lose ILB Avery Williamson in free agency.
Feb 18 - 7:33 PM

Free agent CB David Amerson is visiting the Texans on Monday.

Amerson visited the Bears last week, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports he has "three more visits" scheduled after the Texans. Amerson earned a big deal from the Raiders with a solid 2015, but he has mostly struggled since. Still, he would be a good reclamation project.
Feb 12 - 9:33 AM

Texans VP of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye III will interview for the Panthers' GM vacancy on Thursday.

The Panthers are also set to interview Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson as well as interim GM Marty Hurney. Raye III was hired by Houston last year following a four-year stint as the Colts' VP of football operations. He interviewed for the Texans' GM job earlier this month and was also a candidate for the 49ers' GM opening last offseason.
Feb 1 - 11:54 AM

Titans hired Mike Vrabel as head coach.

A Pro Bowl linebacker as recently as 2007, Vrabel climbed the coaching ranks quickly, pitstopping for three years at Ohio State before spending 2014-2016 as the Texans' linebackers coach, then succeeding Romeo Crennel as Texans defensive coordinator in 2017. Albeit in large part due to unfortunate injuries, Vrabel's 2017 Texans defense was a bottom-ten unit, particularly struggling against the pass. Arguably more important than Vrabel's hire will be whomever he chooses to run Tennessee's offense. The development of 24-year-old Marcus Mariota will have the biggest impact on the direction of the Titans' organization.
Jan 20 - 6:01 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Titans will interview Texans DC Mike Vrabel for their head coaching vacancy.

Vrabel has also interviewed with the Lions and Colts, and he is thought to be a finalist for the Colts' job along with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, with whom the Titans have also been linked. Vrabel's defense had a rough season in 2017, but that has not slowed down his march to a head coaching job. Even if it is not this cycle, he should land one in the next couple years.
Jan 15 - 12:55 PM


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