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Chiefs, Texans Could Be Favorites For Tony Romo

Feb 20, 2017 7:39 AM

If the Dallas Cowboys release Tony Romo, there is already a list of teams that are rumored to be potential destinations.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans make the most sense, according to Peter King.

Romo doesn't want to play for a rebuilding team and with a third child on the way he wouldn't want to be too far from his family.

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Texans Unlikely To Use Franchise Tag On A.J. Bouye

Feb 16, 2017 11:46 AM

The Houston Texans are unlikely to use their franchise tag on cornerback A.J. Bouye.

The Texans have roughly $25 million in projected salary-cap space and it would cost just over $14 million to retain Bouye under a one-year franchise tender, all of which would count against the salary cap for the 2017 fiscal year.

Bouye declined a small, multi-year contract offer last spring to play this past season, betting on himself and instead playing under a one-year, $1.671 million salary.

The Texans have historically eschewed using the franchise tag.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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GM: Texans Need 'Better Production' At Quarterback

Feb 3, 2017 8:12 AM

Rick Smith was blunt in his assessment of what the Houston Texans need from their quarterbacks next season.

Osweiler completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,957 yards with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 72.2 in 15 games.

"We've got to get better production from the quarterback position," the general manager said. "We've got to get better production from all across our football team. And we've got to do a good job of analyzing our football team, and that's what we're doing now.

"We're spending the time evaluating our football team and trying to figure out where we're strong, where we're weak and how we can go about improving."

Bob McNair also said Wednesday that Osweiler needs to "step up."

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DeAndre Hopkins Open To Extension With Texans

Feb 2, 2017 12:25 PM

The Houston Texans would like to sign DeAndre Hopkins to a contract extension this offseason.

Hopkins is set to play out this season under the fifth-year option that the Texans exercised last year.

Hopkins is open to an extension.

“I love this organization and what this team is doing,” Hopkins said, via the Houston Chronicle. “It seems like we’re getting better and better every year, so why not?”

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Jadeveon Clowney Undergoes Minor Knee Surgery

Jan 26, 2017 4:44 PM

Jadeveon Clowney underwent a minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The surgery was just to clean up the knee and he will not miss any time during the offseason.

Clowney was on the injury report for the majority of the season with a wrist and elbow injury and missed two games. 

Clowney's first two NFL seasons after being the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft were injury-plagued. 

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

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Raiders Expected To Start Connor Cook Against Texans
The Raiders are expected to start rookie Connor Cook against the Texans in the playoffs this weekend.

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Vince Wilfork Will Contemplate Retirement After Season
Vince Wilfork admitted that this will be the first time in his 13-year career that he will consider calling it quits.

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Texans To Start Brock Osweiler Against Raiders
Brock Osweiler replaced Tom Savage early in the second quarter Sunday in the loss to the Titans after Savage left with a concussion.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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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.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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.

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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.

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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.

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