Player News - Texans

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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

Texans owner Bob McNair said signing DeAndre Hopkins to a long-term extension is a priority this offseason.

McNair said the same is true for free agent CB A.J. Bouye. Unlike Bouye, Hopkins has one year left on his rookie contract at just under $8 million. Bouye will probably come first, but Hopkins is next line of business. He's going to want at least the $14 million per year Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant got on recent deals. A.J. Green is the highest-paid receiver at $15 million annually.
Feb 1 - 3:28 PM

CBS Sports' Joel Corry expects impending free agent CB A.J. Bouye to command "at least Janoris Jenkins money" on his new contract.

Jenkins received $12.5 million annually and $28.8 million guaranteed from the Giants as the league's seventh-highest-paid corner last offseason. He answered with the best year of his career. Bouye is nearly three full years younger than Jenkins and doesn't turn 26 until August. Youth is the biggest thing working in his favor. Bouye is one of the top free agents set to hit the market.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 1 - 9:46 AM

J.J. Watt (back surgery) said he's been "fully cleared" and expects to participate in OTAs.

Watt sees many things with rose-colored glasses, so we'll take a wait-and-see approach regarding his OTAs participation. But last month it was reported he was ahead of schedule in his recovery. Watt was seen working out on the field ahead of the Wild Card win over the Raiders, but he was noticeably thinner. Adding weight is probably his main goal ahead of spring work.
Feb 1 - 9:29 AM

Texans hired former NFL WR Wes Welker as an offensive assistant.

Welker spent five years with coach Bill O'Brien in New England, so this is a natural fit to begin his coaching career. Welker is, unsurprisingly, expected to help out with the receivers as well as special teams. Perhaps he can be a mentor of sorts for quarterback-turned-slot-receiver Braxton Miller.
Jan 30 - 6:48 PM


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