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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

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are expected to hire Bills VP of player personnel Brian Gaine as their GM.

He's long been the favorite to replace Rick Smith, who is stepping away to care for his ailing wife. Gaine is familiar with the Texans, having spent three years in the organization from 2014-16. Brian Gutekunst was also in the running before the Packers promoted him to GM. The Texans struggled to a 4-12 record this year but should return to relevance quickly with J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson coming back from injuries.
Jan 10 - 6:29 PM

Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay declined the Texans' request to interview him for their general-manager vacancy.

The Texans' GM search hasn't really gotten off the ground. They were interested in the Packers' Brian Gutekunst before he landed the GM gig in Green Bay, and now McClay has turned down an interview. Bills director of player personnel Brian Gaine remains a favorite to return to Houston.
Jan 10 - 10:46 AM

Texans have been granted permission to interview Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay.

There were reports McClay turned down the interview request, but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that is not the case. Even if he eventually declines the interview, it is a reminder how coveted McClay is around the league. Houston is also interested in Bills VP of player personnel Brian Gaine.
Jan 7 - 5:27 PM

Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst has canceled his interview with the Texans and agreed to remain in Green Bay.

Gutekunst was in the running to replace Ted Thompson in Green Bay, so it cannot be ruled out that he will be promoted to general manager. We should find out some time in the next 24 hours.
Jan 7 - 1:35 PM

The Texans are interviewing Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst for their general-manager vacancy.

Gutekunst is also in the running to replace Ted Thompson in Green Bay. The Texans are making changes to their front office with EVP Rick Smith taking a season away from the team. Gutekunst has been a riser over the last few years, getting interest for both the Buffalo and San Francisco GM jobs. Houston has been connected to Bills VP of personnel Brian Gaine, Eagles VP of personnel Joe Douglas, and Cowboys VP of personnel Will McClay.
Jan 7 - 10:06 AM

Texans and special teams coordinator Larry Izzo have agreed to part ways.

DBs coach John Butler and RBs coach Charles London are also out the door as the Texans look to shake up their staff. A great special teamer as a player, Izzo should find another job soon, assuming he remains interested in coaching.
Jan 2 - 12:45 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Texans have been given permission to interview Bills VP of player personnel Brian Gaine for their general manager vacancy.

Formerly Houston's director of player personnel, Gaine just joined the Bills from the Texans in May. With Texans GM Rick Smith taking an extended leave of absence, it looks like Gaine could make the reverse trip this year. The Texans are also reportedly interested in Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
Jan 2 - 10:53 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Texans "have interest in" Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and Bills vice president of player personnel Brian Gaine for their general-manager vacancy.

Caserio has been a hot name on the GM market for seemingly most of this decade. He has continued to stick in New England, however, and may be waiting for the perfect spot. Houston could be it, as he has familiarity with coach Bill O'Brien from their time together with the Patriots. Gaine is in his first season with Buffalo and previously worked alongside outgoing Texans GM Rick Smith in Houston while also serving as the assistant GM with the Dolphins. He has interviewed for numerous GM jobs the past couple seasons.
Jan 1 - 8:34 PM

The CFL's Montreal Alouettes hired ex-Packers coach Mike Sherman as head coach.

Sherman was head coach and/or GM in Green Bay from 2000-2005 before getting canned shortly after GM Ted Thompson took over. Sherman then became the Texans' OC in 2007 before landing the Texas A&M head gig from 2008-2011. Sherman was the Dolphins' OC from 2012-2013 and has been coaching at the high school level the last three years. He turned 63 on Tuesday.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Free agent S Calvin Pryor worked out for the Texans on Tuesday.

He's been looking for a new home since being cut by Jacksonville earlier this month. If Pryor signs, the Texans would be his fourth team in the last calendar year.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 05:06:00 PM

Bears claimed OLB Lamarr Houston off waivers from the Texans.

The Texans waived him Tuesday to clear a roster spot for Brian Cushing, who is back from a 10-game PED suspension. This will be Houston's second stint with Chicago after playing there from 2014-2016. He also went to camp with the Bears this summer but was released with an injury settlement prior to Week 1.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 04:30:00 PM

Texans waived OLB Lamarr Houston.

Houston made it 49 days on the Texans' 53-man roster. His release clears a roster spot for Brian Cushing, who is coming off his 10-game suspension. Now 30, Houston has just one sack in seven appearances over the past two seasons.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 04:06:00 PM

Texans released QB Josh Johnson.

The Texans needed to clear a roster spot for Andre Ellington, who was claimed off waivers from Arizona. Johnson had been working as Houston's third-string quarterback behind Tom Savage and T.J. Yates. He hasn't played a regular season snap since 2013.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 07:12:00 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said the team has discussed free agent Colin Kaepernick, but have no plans to sign him.

"Everybody gets discussed," O'Brien said in his best coachspeak. When asked if signing Kap was a realistic possibility, O'Brien replied "I like the guys that we have and we'll continue to try to coach them." Kaepernick is worlds better than any of the healthy quarterbacks on the Texans' roster, but the ship seems to have sailed for good. The matter has simply become too polarizing, not to mention Kap is suing the NFL for collusion. Instead of making their football team better, the Texans seem doomed to unimaginably bad quarterback play.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 01:11:00 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said the team is "in the process" of signing free agent QB Matt McGloin.

McGloin went to training camp with the Eagles this summer but couldn't land a backup job behind starter Carson Wentz. Assuming this deal comes to fruition, McGloin will serve as Houston's third-string quarterback behind Tom Savage and T.J. Yates. All of this was prompted by Deshaun Watson's torn ACL.
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