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Peterson Interested In Giants, Texans, Bucs If He Leaves Vikings

Jan 19, 2017 1:46 PM

Adrian Peterson would like to remain with the Minnesota Vikings but he openly talked about other teams he would consider in free agency, such as the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers .

"I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on First Take on Thursday. "I see myself finishing off in purple. It is a business at the end of the day, so with that, things could end up differently. ... Hopefully we can work things out."

"There's a couple teams out there that I've thought about. ... New York was one of them that popped up, Tampa Bay, lot of different teams. Houston would be a good spot," Peterson said. "I'll stop right there. ... I'm just throwing random names out there."

The Vikings have a team option on Peterson for 2017 that includes an $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus. They have to decide on Peterson's 2017 option by the start of the league year and would owe him the $6 million roster bonus if he was on the team by the third day of the league year.

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Texans Won't Hire New Offensive Coordinator

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 PM

The Houston Texans will not hire an offensive coordinator to replace the fired George Godsey as Bill O'Brien will call the plays next season.

The Texans have previously shifted defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to an assistant head coach role so they can hang onto Mike Vrabel by making him the coordinator.

The Texans had an outstanding defense in 2016 but struggled with their quarterback play.

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Texans Part Ways With Offensive Coordinator George Godsey

Jan 16, 2017 5:33 PM

The Houston Texans and offensive coordinator George Godsey "have mutually agreed to part ways," the team has announced.

Godsey called plays for the Texans through the first three games of the season before O'Brien took over after a 27-0 loss to the New England Patriots. Later in the season, O'Brien said the playcalling had become a combination of him and Godsey.

"I'm grateful for the tireless work ethic and contributions George has made to our team over the last three years," head coach Bill O'Brien said in a statement the team released. "I wish him nothing but the best in the future."

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Vince Wilfork Expects To Retire

Jan 15, 2017 12:15 PM

Vince Wilfork expects to retire this offseason following the Houston Texans' 34-16 loss to the New England Patriots.

"I think I have played my last NFL football game," Wilfork said. "I will take the time and do my due diligence and sit back and see if I really want to retire. We'll see. I don't know how long that will take.

"It doesn't change the fact that I enjoyed every bit of my career. I enjoyed 11 great years in New England and enjoyed two great years in Texas with unbelievable teammates."

Wilfork, 35, has made five Pro Bowls in his 13-year career and was a first-team All-Pro in 2012. 

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Bill O'Brien Uncertain On Future With Texans

Jan 13, 2017 8:26 PM

Bill O'Brien will coach the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional round this weekend but his future with the team is uncertain.

There are growing tensions between O'Brien and both owner Bob McNair and general manager Rick Smith.

"I got home the other night and my wife (Colleen) asks me, 'Where are we living next year?' " O'Brien told me Monday during an interview that will air Saturday on NFL Network's "GameDay Morning". "Look, things are out there, and you can't control everything that's out there. I signed a five-year contract when I came here. I've enjoyed coaching here. We like living here. So at the end of the day, the Houston Texans are a place that we enjoy working.

"Whatever the future holds, it holds, but like I said, I have two years left on my contract, so we'll see what happens."

The San Francisco 49ers are the only team without a head coaching vacancy.

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Patriots Are Biggest Playoff Favorite Since 1998

Jan 9, 2017 7:50 AM

The New England Patriots have opened as 14.5-point favorites against the Houston Texans in Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium.

The line quickly grew to New England -16 shortly after being posted Sunday afternoon at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, making it one of the four largest playoff point spreads in the past 40 seasons.

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Raiders Expected To Start Connor Cook Against Texans

Jan 4, 2017 8:51 AM

The Oakland Raiders are expected to start rookie Connor Cook against the Houston Texans in the playoffs this weekend.

It would mark the first time in the Super Bowl era that a rookie quarterback will be making his first start in a postseason game.

After Derek Carr broke his leg on Christmas Eve, Matt McGloin suffered a trapezius muscle injury in Oakland's final game of the season.

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Vince Wilfork Will Contemplate Retirement After Season

Jan 4, 2017 8:47 AM

Vince Wilfork will consider retirement when the Houston Texans are eliminated from the playoffs.

Wilfork admitted that this will be the first time in his 13-year career that he will consider calling it quits.

A designated run-stuffer, Wilfork started 14 games and led Houston's defensive line in snaps during the regular season.

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Texans To Start Brock Osweiler Against Raiders

Jan 3, 2017 2:04 PM

The Houston Texans will start Brock Osweiler at quarterback against the Oakland Raiders in their playoff game on Saturday.

Osweiler replaced Tom Savage early in the second quarter Sunday in the loss to the Tennessee Titans after Savage left with a concussion.

"I thought Brock did some really good things on Sunday with his teammates and almost brought us all the way back," Bill O'Brien said. "So I thought he did a nice job, and we have a lot of confidence in him that he's going to go out there and play well on Saturday."

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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Tom Savage Will Remain Starter For Texans
Bill O'Brien says Tom Savage will remain the starting quarterback for the Texans when they face off against the Bengals this weekend.

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Brock Osweiler: Texans Close To Exploding On Offense
Brock Osweiler turned in a decent performance on Sunday against the Packers and believes the Texans are close to hitting their offensive stride.

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J.J. Watt's Leg Saved By Trainer Who Identified Staph Infection
J.J. Watt has endured a number of injuries in his career but the scariest one was never acknowledged by the Texans as an actual injury.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Brock Osweiler Was 'Definitely' Distracted By Green Laser From Stands
Brock Osweiler said a green laser that was shined onto the field and into his eyes on Monday night in Mexico City was "very distracting."

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Andre Johnson Retires After 14 NFL Seasons
Andre Johnson retires with 1,062 regular season receptions for 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns.

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Texans Urge Brock Osweiler To Relax, Target DeAndre Hopkins
The Texans still believe in Brock Osweiler, but they want to help him get comfortable in the new offense.

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Texans Fan Starts GoFundMe Page To Buy Out Brock Osweiler
Brock Osweiler has played poorly in his first half-season with the Texans and fans are already having buyer's remorse.

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Texans Not Considering Benching Brock Osweiler
The Texans have scored just one touchdown in three road games.

John McClain/Houston Chronicle

Brock Osweiler 'Not Surprised' By Boos In Denver
Brock Osweiler, who was booed by fans in Denver each time he came onto the field Monday night, said he was not surprised by the crowd's reactions to his return.

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Arian Foster Retiring At Age 30
Arian Foster was a four-time Pro Bowler and led the NFL in touchdowns and yards from scrimmage in 2010.

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Brandon Marshall: Broncos 'Want To Kill' Brock Osweiler
The Broncos will face off against the Texans, Brock Osweiler's new team, on Monday Night Football this week.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Bill O'Brien Denies Reports Of Tension With Brock Osweiler
Bill O'Brien is downplaying the significance of reports of tension between him and Brock Osweiler.

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Bill O'Brien Taking Over Play-Calling For Texans
Bill O'Brien called plays during his first season with the team in 2014, but gave the duty to George Godsey last year.

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J.J. Watt Undergoes Surgery, Unlikely To Return This Season
J.J. Watt missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

J.J. Watt Could Miss Remainder Of 2016 With Back Injury
J.J. Watt has re-injured his back and is expected to miss a significant period of time.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

J.J. Watt's PFF Grade Down Dramatically In 2016
J.J. Watt has had a Pro Football Focus grade of 87.7, 98.5, 98.8, 97.2 and 93.8 in his first five NFL seasons, while his number this season is just 46.9.

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Patriots Preparing Julian Edelman To Be Emergency QB
Jacoby Brissett is set to start after Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in Week 2.

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Bill O'Brien Would Like To See Shorter Preseason
The Texans coach says four preseason games is too many.

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J.J. Watt Activated By Texans, Expected To Play In Week 1
J.J. Watt is expected to play in Week 1 of the regular season less than two months after undergoing back surgery.

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