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Tuesday
May122015

Texans Release Former Second Rounder Swearinger

Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans have released safety D.J. Swearinger Monday after two seasons with the team.

Swearinger, a 2013 second round pick out of South Carolina under former head coach Gary Kubiak, was seen as a poor fit in the culture current head coach Bill O'Brien was seeking to foster.

The team had been trying to trade Swearinger Monday and released him after finding no suitors.

Swearinger, 23, posted on his Instagram account that he had been released by the team.

“One heck of an opportunity #texannation I appreciate everything and the opportunity and memories,” Swearinger wrote. “It’s time for a new chapter and the defining moment of my career!! So long #HOUSTONTEXANS.”

Swearinger most notably blew out the knee of tight end Dustin Keller, who had just signed a one-year $5 million deal with the Dolphins, in the preseason of his rookie year.


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Tuesday
May052015

Texans Extend OLB Mercilus with Four-Year, $26 Million Deal

Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans have signed edge rusher Whitney Mercilus Monday to a four-year extension worth $26 million.

The Texans declined Mercilus' fifth-year option, instead opting to keep him around for another four seasons.  Had the team picked up his option, he would have been scheduled to earn $7.751 million in 2016.

Last season, Mercilus was expected to take on a reduced role after the team selected Jadeveon Clowney first overall. He started 15 games and recorded five sacks after Clowney's rookie season was plagued with injuries. Mercilus has 18 career sacks and four forced fumbles. He was the 26th overall selection for the Texans in 2012 out of Illinois.

 
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Tuesday
Mar312015

QB Matt Schaub Inks 1-Year Deal with Ravens

NFL(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- The Baltimore Ravens and free agent quarterback Matt Schaub agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 33-year-old Schaub spent last season with the Oakland Raiders, serving as the backup quarterback to Derek Carr. He finished the 2014 campaign 5-of-10 for 57 passing yards and two interceptions.

Schaub was originally selected by the Falcons out of Virginia in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft. He spent three seasons in Atlanta before finding success with the Houston Texans. In seven seasons in the Lone Star State, the two-time Pro Bowler was 1,951 of 3,020 (64.6 passing percentage) for 23,221 yards with 124 touchdowns and 78 interceptions.

With the Ravens, Schaub will replace backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who left as a free agent for the Buffalo Bills.


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Wednesday
Mar252015

J.J. Watt Restructures Deal to Free Up Cap Space

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt restructured his deal to free up cap space for this season, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Watt has agreed to turn $10 million roster bonus he was due into a signing bonus that allows Houston to have $8 million in cap space this year.

"Out of all the plays that he played, I had 120 plays that were either a TFL, a quarterback hit, a quarterback sack, a batted ball, an interception, a fumble recovery, a caused fumble," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said at the NFL Meetings on Tuesday.  "On 120 plays, he did one of those seven things."

O'Brien is looking forward to seeing what Watt can do in his fifth season in the league.

"He knows that he has no limit," O'Brien continued. "His ability to come back and be an even better player, which probably sounds crazy to some people, it's not crazy to us in Houston. We can't wait to see him when he comes back."

Watt had 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles, 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes this season.


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Tuesday
Mar172015

Texans Add Cecil Shorts and Vince Wilfork

Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Texans are taking a swing at the second round of free agency. The team came to terms with free agent wide receiver Cecil Shorts III and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.

Shorts, 27, who spent the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, signed a two-year $6 million contract. Shorts caught 53 passes for 557 yards and one touchdown last season.

Wilfork, 33, also signed a two-year deal, worth $9 million.  He had spent the last 12 seasons as a member of the New England Patriots.  Wilfork will join former teammate Mike Vrabel -- who now serves as the teams linebacker coach -- as well as former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who is Houston's head coach.

Wilfork thanked the New England fans on his Twitter page after signing with Houston: "Thank you everyone for everything your support has been tremendous."


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Wednesday
Mar112015

Report: Jets Acquire QB Ryan Fitzpatrick From Texans

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets acquired quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Houston Texans on Wednesday for a late-round conditional draft pick in 2016, according to ESPN.

Depending on how much playing time Fitzpatrick gets with the Jets, Houston will either receive a sixth-round or a seventh-round pick.

The 10-year NFL veteran became available when the Texans agreed to a contract with free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and brought back Ryan Mallett.

Fitzpatrick is set to make a base salary of $3.25 million for the 2015 season. In 96 regular-season games with the St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and Texans, he has passed for 19,273 yards with 123 touchdowns and 101 interceptions.

Fitzpatrick is expected to battle Geno Smith for the starting quarterback job with the Jets. 


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Wednesday
Mar112015

Colts Sign Free Agent WR Andre Johnson

NFL Shield (NFL)(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent wide receiver Andre Johnson on Wednesday. The deal is for three years and $21 million, according to ESPN.

The Texans originally selected Johnson out of the University of Miami with the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. In 169 regular-season games with Houston, Johnson had 1,012 receptions for 13,597 receiving yards and 64 touchdowns.

Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards in 2008 (1,575) and 2009 (1,569). He is also a seven-time Pro Bowler and is a two-time First-Team All-Pro.

On Tuesday, the Colts signed free agent running back Frank Gore to a three-year, $12 million contract. Gore and Johnson were teammates at the University of Miami.


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Tuesday
Mar102015

Houston Texans Release WR Andre Johnson

NFL Shield (NFL)(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans released veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson on Monday. The team will save $8.825 million in cap space with the move.

The Texans originally selected Johnson out of the University of Miami with the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. In 169 regular-season games with Houston, Johnson had 1,012 receptions for 13,597 receiving yards and 64 touchdowns.

Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards in 2008 (1,575) and 2009 (1,569). He is also a seven-time Pro Bowler and is a two-time First-Team All-Pro.


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Sunday
Mar082015

Houston Texans Lock Up CB Jackson

Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON, Tx.)-- With just days before free agency is set to begin, the Houston Texans will keep one of their own from hitting the open market.

Cornerback Kareem Jackson has agreed to a four-year, $34 million contract with the team that selected him 20th overall in the 2010 draft.

Jackson, 24 is coming off one of his better seasons as he intercepted three passes and according to Pro Football Focus allowed only three touchdowns. Though, Jackson has largely been inconsistent in his five seasons.

In 2012, he allowed a 47.7% completion percentage, recorded five interceptions and 15 passes defensed. However, in 2013 he reverted back to a form seen in his first two seasons when he surrendered six touchdowns and quarterbacks completed 60% of their passed against Jackson.

Last year, the Texans ranked 21st in pass defense as they allowed 243.1 yards per game.


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Tuesday
Mar032015

Report: Texans Grant WR Johnson Permission to Seek Trade

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx) -- The face of the Houston Texans offense wants out.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson has been granted permission to seek a trade, according to ESPN.  The news was first reported by the Houston Chronicle and KRIV.

Johnson, 33, has also demanded that if a trade partner cannot be found that he be released from the team he has spent all 12 seasons of his career with.

Last year, Johnson threatened to hold out in hopes of being traded or released but played through the 2014 season. With a revolving door at quarterback, that included Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett and Case Keenum, Johnson posted 85 catches for 936 yards and three touchdowns. 

Johnson's impact on the team began to diminish as second year wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins became the prime target on offense.

The Texans selected Johnson third overall in the 2003 NFL draft out of the University of Miami.


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