Player News - Texans

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MMQB's Albert Breer was told impending free agent A.J. Bouye will be the "clear king" of the cornerback class.

The fourth corner on his own team this time last year, injuries gave Bouye the opportunity to show what he can do, and he did not disappoint. Now the 25-year-old is an ascending star heading to the open market with plenty of teams desperate for corner help. It will not be surprising if he betters the five-year, $62.5-million deal Janoris Jenkins landed last March.
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 12:01 PM

ESPN's Sarah Barshop wrote Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) "will probably not play" in 2017.

It is a safe assumption after Newton tore the patellar tendon in both knees last October. Although he is reportedly making "solid progress" in his rehab, it is a gruesome injury which will at the very least alter Newton's career arc. The Texans would be wise to find a replacement, and Barshop believes it "would make sense" for them to "use a high draft pick" on a tackle.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 11:04 AM

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans and impending free agent S Quintin Demps have yet to open contract negotiations.

Negotiations usually do not kick into high gear until the Combine, but it is somewhat surprising considering Demps has already said he wants to re-sign with the Texans. "You never know with this league," Demps said of his future. "I'm just grateful to be in a good position right now and just kind of hit it up in the offseason and take it one day at a time." The veteran has played on a one-year deal each of the last five years with three of those in Houston. Coming off a six-interception season, Demps should be looking for a multi-year contract.
Feb 23 - 9:52 AM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) is making "solid progress" in his recovery.

Newton has been shut down since tearing both his patellar tendons in Week 7. It's good he hasn't had any setbacks, but his 2017 status remains shaky at best. Newton is likely to miss most of training camp and doubtful to be ready for the start of the season. He's a strong candidate for reserve/PUP.
Feb 22 - 6:12 PM

Free agent S Quintin Demps wants to re-sign with the Texans.

Demps has been a starter the last two years in Romeo Crennel’s defense. There should be a market for Demps coming off a six-interception season, so he's hardly a lock to return. Demps has been playing on one-year deals, but he should land a multi-year contract this offseason.
Feb 18 - 5:15 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the Texans are not expected to use the franchise tag.

A.J. Bouye is the only candidate for the tag among Houston's free agents, but he would cost over $14 million on the one-year tender, all of which would count against the cap. The Texans do have over $25 million in cap space, but tagging Bouye would leave them zero flexibility in free agency. Bouye is expected to command over $12 million per year and could touch $30 million guaranteed.
Feb 16 - 10:17 AM

According to NFL's Network's Ian Rapoport, before trading Jamie Collins to the Browns, the Patriots offered Collins to the Texans for DeAndre Hopkins.

They got a hard pass from Houston, but it's notable the Pats had interest in Hopkins, whose contract expires after 2017. However, the Texans have said an extension is a priority and Houston would certainly franchise tag Hopkins if one isn't reached. Hopkins had a down year in 2016 statistically, but that can mostly be attributed to Brock Osweiler's incompetence. Hopkins recently said he loves playing for the Texans and isn't pushing for a trade.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 12:13 PM

Texans GM Rick Smith had nothing but praise for ILB Benardrick McKinney.

"This guy has wonderful physical attributes: size, speed, height," Smith said. "He's a tremendous football player. Great instincts, you saw him coming into himself. Very productive year, he's got another level to reach as well." A second-round pick in 2015, McKinney played over 90 percent of the defensive snaps as a sophomore, recording 129 tackles and five sacks. A standout athlete, McKinney could take another step forward in 2017.
Feb 4 - 11:33 AM

Texans GM Rick Smith said he is "proud of" Jadeveon Clowney.

"I think everybody knew what J.D. was capable of. It was just a function of him not being healthy," Smith said of the slow start to Clowney's career. "I think we saw glimpses of what he can be. I think he's got a long way to go. If he continues to stay healthy, we get J.J. [Watt] back, and get more improvement ... I think we can be even better." Clowney did undergo a knee scope after the season, but he should be ready for the offseason program. Unless the Texans figure out the quarterback situation, the defense will need to carry the team again in 2017.
Feb 4 - 11:26 AM

Free agent K Nick Novak hopes to re-sign with the Texans.

"I want to be back," Novak said. "I'm really proud of what we've done and I'm excited to be back with the same guys. I really feel like I can help the Texans get to where they want to go." Novak was outstanding in 2016, draining 35-of-41 field goal attempts (85.4 percent). He turns 36 before next season.
Feb 3 - 4:33 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Tom Savage will get "every opportunity" to win the Texans' starting job in 2017.

La Canfora believes Brock Osweiler's salary will preclude the Texans from making a run at Jimmy Garoppolo, whom La Canfora says coach Bill O'Brien is a "big believer" in. Savage was positively dreadful during his 2016 test run. We wouldn't rule out the Texans investing more draft resources in the game's most important position.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 2 - 3:20 PM

Texans GM Rick Smith said the team has "got to get better production from the quarterback position."

The sentiment meshes with what owner Bob McNair said Wednesday, but Smith's comments suggest the team could look outside the organization for help. "We'll be aggressive," Smith said, "we'll be diligent and we'll do our best to improve this football team." With Brock Osweiler already counting $19 million against the cap, it is unlikely the Texans can afford to bring in a top quarterback like Tony Romo or trade for and sign Jimmy Garoppolo, but perhaps they will take an early swing in the draft. With J.J. Watt coming back, the defense could be even better next season, but they need to find a quarterback to become real contenders.
Feb 2 - 12:16 PM

DeAndre Hopkins said he loves playing for the Texans.

"I love this organization and what this team is doing," Hopkins said when asked about a contract extension. "It seems like we're getting better and better every year, so why not?" Hopkins still has a year left on his rookie deal, but owner Bob McNair said extending the receiver will be a priority this offseason. Despite the quarterback situation, it sounds like Hopkins is very open to the idea.
Feb 2 - 11:01 AM

Texans owner Bob McNair said Brock Osweiler "needs to step up" in 2017.

McNair added he thinks Osweiler is up to the challenge, but he did not mince words about what the Texans need in 2017. "We need better performance out of that position," McNair said. "The challenge is trying to figure out what we can do with what we've got. We thought that we had it, and it didn't quite measure up." McNair also hinted Tom Savage, who started two games in 2016, will get every chance to unseat Osweiler in the summer. The defense should be good enough to carry them another season, but the Texans need to get better at quarterback to be a real contender.
Feb 2 - 9:41 AM

Texans owner Bob McNair expects Tom Savage to compete with Brock Osweiler for the starting job.

"The challenge is what can we do with what we got," McNair said, all but ruling out a run at Tony Romo or Jimmy Garoppolo. The Texans are expected to stay in-house at quarterback. Savage struggled in two starts last year but will be given a chance to beat out Osweiler in training camp. The Texans should also target a quarterback early in the draft.
Feb 1 - 5:07 PM


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