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Jadeveon Clowney, Texans Aren't Close On New Deal

Apr 15, 2019 9:18 AM

The Houston Texans and Jadeveon Clowney are not close to terms on a new contract.

Clowney won't be involved when the team starts its offseason program on Monday.

If the two sides can't work out a long-term deal by July 15, the only option is Clowney playing this season on the $15.967 million franchise tag.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Duke Johnson Requests Trade From Browns

Apr 1, 2019 5:54 PM

Duke Johnson has requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns.

The New York Jets, Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles have expressed interest in Johnson.

The future of Johnson is unclear with the Browns signing Kareem Hunt.

Johnson didn't show up for Cleveland's voluntary offseason program on Monday.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Texans Sign A.J. McCarron

Mar 20, 2019 8:20 AM

The Houston Texans have signed A.J. McCarron to a one-year, $3 million deal to serve as Deshaun Watson's backup.

Watson was backed up by Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb III in 2018.

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Le'Veon Bell Expected To Make Free Agency Decision On Tuesday

Mar 12, 2019 10:37 AM

Le'Veon Bell is expected to make a decision on his free agency on Tuesday.

The New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills are believed to be interested in Bell.

According to Pro Football Talk, however, the Colts are not pursuing Bell.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season.

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Texans Place Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag On Jadeveon Clowney

Mar 4, 2019 1:31 PM

The Houston Texans have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney.

Clowney and the Texans haven't made progress on a long-term deal.

The defensive end franchise tag would be roughly $17.144 million. The projected linebacker designation is $14.953 million.

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Texans Considering Franchise Tag On Jadeveon Clowney

Feb 28, 2019 11:32 AM

The Houston Texans will consider using the franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney. 

“It’s certainly an option,” GM Brian Gaine said of using the franchise tag. “It’s not the priority, but it’s certainly an option.”

The Texans have until Tuesday afternoon to decide about using the tag. 

There have been reports that the Texans might prefer to let Clowney play out the season on the tag.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition

Feb 24, 2019 9:55 AM

By Jeff Risdon, RealGM

This edition has quite a few changes in player and draft slot from the first edition. Spending two weeks with NFL personnel evaluators at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl gave me a better idea of how some prospects are viewed from the NFL ranks, and the changes here reflect that. Note that at this stage of the draft season, coaches are still getting their feet wet with most of the prospects. The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. Instant impact pass rusher who can play in a variety of roles and schemes. At this point, the only real question is his durability. Will that be enough to convince the Cardinals to look elsewhere? Right now, I don’t think it trumps Bosa’s game-changing potential.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It’s hard to watch the 49ers devote yet another premium draft pick to the defensive line, but it’s also hard to ignore just how much Williams can help San Francisco where they really need it. Someone could trade up here to land Williams too.

3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. I expect Oliver to show out in Indy and revive the interest in him as the potential No. 1 overall pick. His ability to create pressure up the gut and make plays behind the line is exactly what the Jets need in a division with a diverse range of opposing QBs.

4. Oakland RaidersKyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Does it make sense for the Raiders to scrap Derek Carr? Probably not. But it’s so easy to see Jon Gruden being infatuated with all Murray can do and how it would allow the Raiders to change the dynamics of defending them. They’re in a good position to take such a risk, too.

5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersCody Ford, OT, Oklahoma. Ford is an instant starter at one of the tackle spots, which is both a credit to his rapid rise and an indictment of how badly the Buccaneers need the powerful help he can provide. 
 
6. New York Giants: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. What, no QB?! Not in this instance. Instead, GM Dave Gettleman opts to fortify the pass rush with the versatile Allen and buys another year with Eli Manning. His pass rushing prowess is a difference-maker. 
             
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. This pick seems like a lock if Haskins remains on the board. The Jaguars sorely need to hit on a high-end QB, and Haskins has the pocket passing precision to pay off quickly. 
             
8. Detroit Lions: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Ferrell checks the boxes the Lions want in upgrading the pass rush: he can line up in multiple spots and schemes and plays the run exceptionally well on his way to the QB. Lower ceiling than the pass rushers above him here but his ability to generate pressure on his own is underrated. 
             
9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. I was surprised at the buzz around Taylor from scouts at the Senior Bowl. His athletic profile and potential is highly regarded and could easliy land him in Buffalo, where building around running QB Josh Allen and replacing free agents at both RT and RG are imperative. 
             
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. Joe Flacco handles the reins until the live-armed Lock can take over. It’s a risky pick--Lock has real warts that must be smoothed--but could result in John Elway finally getting the QB position right. 
             
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU. This is a very common projection and that’s for good reason; the Bengals are typically one of the easiest organizations to read in terms of draft intentions. To quote The Cranberries, “Everybody else is doing it so why can’t we?”
             
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. A do-it-all weapon who can quickly ingratiate himself to Aaron Rodgers for both his blocking and his receiving, this one should get the QB’s seal of approval. 
             
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. A divisive prospect but one with a very high ceiling, Gary could help catapult the Dolphins defense with his athleticism and ability to get after the passer. 
             
14. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Atlanta appears to be a prime candidate to trade back, but “settling” for the freaky Fant should tickle Falcons fans’ fancy. Another versatile receiving weapon in an offense that is already hard to defend.

 
15. Washington: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Currently built more like a defensive end than a wideout, the 6-4, 230-pound Metcalf proved he can play before his neck injury. The durability question keeps him out of the top 10, methinks. Washington doesn’t mind...
 
16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Williams proved himself in big games, and his ability to adapt within a play and recover if initially beaten stand out. With the questions Carolina has at both tackle spots, adding a ready-made starter is a positive.


17. Cleveland BrownsBrian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. Pairing the lanky, speedy Burns with Myles Garrett would provide the Browns defense with even more ways to attack in new DC Steve Wilks’ scheme. I had OT Andre Dillard here for a long time before changing.


18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. Little has loads of athletic potential but uneven results in pass protection. Vikings GM Rick Spielman bites the apple and hopes it tastes sweet in a year or two at a position where the team keeps hitting sour notes.

19. Tennessee Titans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Murphy offers naturally instinctive stickiness in coverage and the ability to play outside or in the slot. He’s a player who could rocket way up from this range with a good week in Indy. 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Steelers search for a playmaking CB leads them to Williams, who offers length and speed to help bolster an uneven secondary. 
             
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida. If Frank Clark leaves in free agency, the Seahawks almost have to use this pick to address the pass rush. If Clark returns, that opens this pick up to other options, but Seattle would still need EDGE help. Polite brings sizzle off the edge.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State. The Ravens could do a lot worse to build around Lamar Jackson than selecting the physical, reliable Harmon. Aside from having great hands and running smooth routes, he’s an incredible blocker. 
             
23. Houston Texans: Garrett Bradbury, OC/OG, North Carolina State. The quest to upgrade the long-struggling offensive line in Houston turns to one of the most physical finishers in the draft and an instant starter at any of the three IOL positions for the Texans. 
             
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. Oakland uses the bounty from Amari Cooper to replace him with the supersized Harry, who moves quite well for a 6-6 receiver and can really help on 3rd downs and in the red zone. 
  
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. His stiff-arm bull rush wowed in Mobile, and his game tape features more of his high football IQ and ability to bend the edge. He and Derek Barnett as the Eagles young edges would be fun to watch

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. A powerful interior rusher with the ability to dominate (see the Michigan game), Tillery instantly reinforces the weakest point on the promising young Colts defense.
             
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. Bush can fly all over the field and do anything asked of an NFL LB, but his size (he’s expected to be 5-10/225) is a detraction. Give Gruden football players like this and the size doesn’t matter (much).             

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. The Chargers depth up front is shallower than a Kardashian’s intellect. Dillard can play either tackle spot and appears undervalued at this point in the draft process. 
             
29. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia. Building up the pass defense is an imperative for a team that figures to see a lot of comeback attempts against them. Baker brings a physical presence with a high football IQ; his speed in Indy is one of the biggest things I’m watching. 
             
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College. Lindstrom can play any interior line position. The Packers need his technically savvy surliness right away. 
  
31. Los Angeles Rams: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware. The first FCS-level prospect comes off the board at the back end of the first round, and Adderly instantly upgrades the back end of the Rams defense with his all-around game.

32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama. It’s convenient to call Smith a Gronk replacement, but the lithe Smith has a different style of game. The Patriots will find ways to use his elusiveness in space and his blocking chops.

Teams that lack a first-round pick...

Dallas Cowboys: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

New Orleans Saints: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Chicago Bears: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

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Texans Release Demaryius Thomas

Feb 12, 2019 11:26 AM

The Houston Texans will release Demaryius Thomas.

Thomas suffered a torn Achilles in December. Thomas was on a non-guaranteed $14 million salary in 2019.

Thomas said he was not thinking about retiring.

"My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I'm not thinking about retirement. I just don't know where it will be," he told reporters, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans acquired Thomas from the Denver Broncos before the trade deadline.

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Jadeveon Clowney Gets $1M To Settle Option Dispute

Jan 9, 2019 8:19 AM

Jadeveon Clowney was paid a bonus of $1.005 million on the second to last day of the regular season.

The Houston Texans paid out the bonus as part of a resolution over a dispute of which position he should have been listed as playing under his fifth-year option, according to a source.

The option, which is built into the contracts of all players selected in the first round, pays players based on their position and draft slot.

Although details are unclear, Clowney likely contended he should have been designated as a defensive end and not a linebacker, as a defensive end on the fifth-year option was entitled to larger total pay in 2018.

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Demaryius Thomas 'Not Thinking About Retirement'

Jan 7, 2019 8:36 AM

Demaryius Thomas missed Saturday's playoff game with a torn Achilles, but he expects to be back on the field for the 2019 season.

Thomas, who was traded to the Houston Texans at midseason, expects to continue playing.

"My main priority right now is getting back healthy," Thomas said. "I can still play, man. I'm not thinking about retirement. I just don't know where it will be."

The wide receiver is under contract for $14 million next season.

Houston Chronicle

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DeAndre Hopkins Donating Game Check To Shooting Victim's Family
DeAndre Hopkins will donate his playoff check to the family of a 7-year-old Houston-area girl killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday.

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Chargers and Colts rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters
Patrick Mahomes is a Pro Bowl starter in his first season as a starting quarterback.

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J.J. Watt: I Learned To Not Push As Hard With Training
J.J. Watt missed 24 of the Texans’ 32 games in 2016 and 2017.

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Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10
Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection.

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Texans Owner Bob McNair Dies At 81
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair died Friday in Houston at the age of 81.

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Demaryius Thomas Claims Broncos Misled Him About Trade
Demaryius Thomas ripped the Broncos, who traded him to the Texans last week.

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Deshaun Watson Hopes For Seamless Transition With Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas has 36 catches for 402 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Broncos Trade Demaryius Thomas To Texans
The Broncos have traded Demaryius Thomas to the Texans in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

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Deshaun Watson: I'm Built To Take Big Hits
Deshaun Watson made a trip to the medical tent near the end of regulation against the Cowboys on Sunday night.

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Deshaun Watson Trying To Emulate Dak Prescott
When the Texans drafted Deshaun Watson in the first round last year, he hoped to emulate Dak Prescott's immediate impact with the Cowboys.

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Texans-Cowboys Has Most Expensive Week 5 Ticket Price
The average ticket price for Texans-Cowboys is nearly $400.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson is the other young franchise quarterback coming back from a torn ACL.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney was one of the NFL's most highly rated draft picks in recent memory and this could be the season in which he really breaks through.

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Ten-Year DVOA Rankings: Houston Texans
The Texans have reached the playoffs four times during this snapshot, including 2016 when they ranked 29th in DVOA.

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Texans Won't Negotiate With Jadeveon Clowney During Season
If the Texans don't work out a contract extension with Jadeveon Clowney before Week 1, then it will have to wait until after the season.

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Deshaun Watson Expects To Be Full-Go At Camp
Deshaun Watson tore his ACL on Nov. 2 in practice.

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Texans, Benardrick McKinney Agree Upon $50M Extension
The Texans have agreed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension with inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney.

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Lamar Miller: Adrian Peterson Would Help Texans
Adrian Peterson has called his hometown Texans a "dream" destination and Lamar Miller doesn't disagree.

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J.J. Watt To Pay For Funerals Of Santa Fe Victims
J.J. Watt will pay for the funerals of those killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

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