For the #Texans and DE Whitney Mercilus, it’s a 4-year deal worth $26M with $10.5M guaranteed. He gets this and no fifth-year option.
Battle Red Blog "The Houston Texans continue to fill their 2015 draft class with the first of two sixth round picks. The Houston Texans have two compensatory picks in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and they used the first of those picks on another linebacker." May 04
Battle Red Blog "The Texans stayed within the city limits at the end of the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. See what people are saying about the team keeping a local product in town. Continuing the the proud tradition established by James Casey and, more importantly, Cheta Ozougwu, the pipeline between Rice..." May 04
Battle Red Blog "Another LSU Tiger joins the running back crew for the Texans. Share your thoughts with other fans in the conversation on this final pick of the draft for Houston. The Houston Texans have now selected two running backs from LSU in back to back drafts. Last year it was Alfred Blue, and this year..." May 04
ESPN.com "The Houston Texans have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $26 million with outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, sources said. Mercilus was set to become a free agent after the 2015 season. The Texans opted to not pick up his fifth-year option, choosing a contract extension instead...." May 04
Houston Chronicle "After the draft ended on Saturday, the Texans agreed to terms with 16 undrafted free agents. Joining the Texans are Toledo center Greg Mancz, Alabama offensive tackle Brandon Ivory, Auburn guard Chad Slade, Nebraska offensive lineman Jake Cotton, Appalachian State offensive tackle Kendall Lamm,..." May 03
We've traded our 3rd (70th) for HOU's 3rd (82), 5th (152), 7th (229) and WR DeVier Posey.
Pro Football Talk "With wide receivers coming off the board quickly, the Texans made a move to get in on the action. Houston traded with the Jets to get to the 70th overall choice in the third round, and took Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong. Strong had some medical questions prior to the 2015 NFL..." May 02
Houston Chronicle "Johnathan Joseph might soon have a replacement. Johnson, a 6-foot, 188-pound Wake Forest cornerback, was selected as the No. 16 overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday in Chicago. “I was just sitting in the green room, and there was pick 16 up on the screen,” Johnson said. “The Houston Texans..." May 01
Texans go with Kevin Johnson. First prospect gone who I thought was a potential for #Eagles at 20.
PSD Staff NFL Draft day is finally here. Teams begin re-loading tonight and the new NFL season will be here before we know it. I'm going to post rumors in this live blog all day. Pick rumors, trade rumors, etc. April 30
ESPN.com "Former New York Giants safety Stevie Brown has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Houston Texans, a source close to the situation confirmed Wednesday night. Brown, who turns 28 in July, is the second of the three safeties who started a game for the Giants in 2014 to depart via free..." April 30
CBSSports.com "It's finally time to bite the bullet. It's time to mock it up. Hopefully, I can do better than last year, where I hit for a pretty strong average – 26 of the 32 players I put in my mock ended up going in the first round – but didn't land nearly enough homers (getting the right player and team..." April 29
Stevie Brown tells me he's agreed to terms with the Houston Texans. Former Giants safety officially moves on.
Sportsnaut "The Houston Texans still have high hopes for last year’s No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney missed most of his rookie campaign in 2014 after undergoing microfracture knee surgery—a procedure that is often extremely difficult to overcome. Texans general manager Rick Smith is..." April 29
Houston Chronicle "Minutes before Texans general manager Rick Smith spoke with the media, third-year safety D.J. Swearinger’s name made waves on Twitter. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Swearinger is on the trade block just two days before the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. The No. 57 overall pick..." April 29
Meanwhile, I’m told the #Texans are trying to trade safety DJ Swearinger. He’s started 22 games over his first 2 seasons.
The Score "The NFL will relinquish its tax-exempt status, commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a memo to owners Tuesday. Goodell said the move was made to "eliminate (a) distraction." The memo states the move will not have a significant impact on the operation of the league: Every dollar of..." April 28
CBS News "The NFL draft begins Thursday in Chicago. It's a change of venue for a league re-defining itself both on and off the field. The NFL will follow a new personal conduct policy, and two new employees will help investigate player misconduct. In an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie..." April 28
NFL.com "The Houston Texans have put D.J. Swearinger on the trade block. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Texans are trying to move Swearinger in a deal, just two seasons after they selected the safety in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Rapoport has heard from two teams..." April 28
Battle Red Blog "Despite the 2015 Draft class being absurdly well stocked at the running back position, the Texans have added to their stable of ball carriers this afternoon by signing former Eagle Chris Polk. Take it away, John McClain." April 28
CBSSports.com "A federal judge has approved a plan that brings the NFL and more than 5,000 former players one step closer to a settlement in a concussion lawsuit that could end up costing the league more than $1 billion over 65 years. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody had twice sent the deal back to..." April 22
SB Nation "The NFL has released the full schedule for the upcoming 2015 NFL season, which means we know the primetime matchups for Sunday Night Football. Typically some of the best matchups on the schedule (especially with flex scheduling), Sunday Night Football might not be as well-known a phrase as Monday..." April 22
Sporting News "Ben Dogra may still represent Adrian Peterson, but the NFL agent is losing other big-name clients. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is the latest to fire Dogra, who was canned by CAA last year. Watt will still work with CAA super-agent Tom Condon, according to Forbes. There is no word on whether..." April 21
Battle Red Blog "The Texans' leading wide receiver from 2014 is ready to step into the large void left behind by Andre Johnson. Andre Johnson provided tremendous veteran presence in his ability to lead by example on and off the field for his twelve years with the Texans. With Johnson departing for..." April 21
Pro Football Talk "For the first time since 2003, receiver Andre Johnson plays for a team other than the Texans. And the receiver who arrived in Houston via round one a decade after Johnson isn’t inclined to talk about his one-time mentor. Asked by reporters on the first day of the offseason program to discuss..." April 20
Pro Football Talk "The wait to find out the 2015 schedule will end on Tuesday evening. The NFL has announced that the schedule will be unveiled during a three-hour show on NFL Network that gets underway at 8 p.m. ET. All 256 games will be revealed during the program, although not all games will remain in the same..." April 20
Pro Football Talk "Texans running back Alfred Blue had a solid rookie season in 2014, racking up 528 yards as Arian Foster’s top backup. As Blue tries to hold his spot and earn a bigger role in his second NFL campaign, he is working with a personal trainer, as the Houston Chronicle noted Saturday. That’s not..." April 19
ESPN.com "Honored at a gala for the Houston Area Women's Center, Andre Johnson was days away from the start of the next chapter of his NFL career. And he couldn't wait. "I’m excited about it," Johnson said. "I’ll actually be heading to Indy tomorrow. I’m excited about the opportunity. Can’t wait to..." April 18
Complex "When the NFL comes back in 2015, and you gaze upon the first 11-on-11 play of the bloodsport's season, know that, statistically speaking, at least three players on that field will be bankrupt soon after they hang up their cleats. According to a new research paper by the National Bureau of Economic..." April 15
Pro Football Talk "With the draft only 17 days away and in light of the NFL’s habit of releasing the regular-season schedule before the draft, the window for releasing the 2015 regular-season schedule is getting fairly narrow. The current thinking, per a source with knowledge of the situation, is that the sheet..." April 13
Black Sports Online "We hear it all the time. “How do athletes who make millions of dollars go broke?” Ex-NFL CB Phillip Buchanon breaks down in his book “New Money: Staying Rich” how easily it can happen. Here are a couple of excerpts. In the excerpt, the former NFL cornerback talks about family members,..." April 11
CBSSports.com "Preseason football may be some four months off, but the NFL wants to give you time to get adequately pumped for what amounts to glorified practices. That's right: On Thursday, the league announced the 2015 preseason schedule in all its meaningless glory. Meaningless may be an overstatement; the..." April 09
NFL.com "On Thursday, as if to remind their fans of what might still be, the Houston Texans noted on their website that exactly a year ago they were covering Jadeveon Clowney's pro day at South Carolina. The videos document what everybody saw that day -- the eye-popping athleticism, the burst and movement..." April 03
CBSSports.com "After spending more than a decade and winning two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, Vince Wilfork signed with the Houston Texans earlier this offseason. That move puts him on the same defensive line as the best defensive player in the league, J.J. Watt, who may or may not be an actual..." April 03
CBSSports.com "After spending more than a decade and winning two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, Vince Wilfork signed with the Houston Texans earlier this offseason. That move puts him on the same defensive line as the best defensive player in the league, J.J. Watt, who may or may not be an actual..." April 02
Pro Football Rumors "The Texans have added another free agent wide receiver to their roster, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, who reports (via Twitter) that veteran Nate Washington is signing with the team." April 01
Houston Chronicle "The Texans are interested in bringing back defensive end Antonio Smith, who was placed on waivers by Oakland today. Smith, 33, played five seasons (2009-13) with the Texans. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel wanted to keep him last season, but the Raiders offered him more than $4 million a..." March 31
ESPN.com "Houston Texans owner Bob McNair wasn't surprised Andre Johnson bristled at the idea of a reduced role next season. It's just human nature, McNair told me this week at the league's owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. "Every athlete I think would like to play forever," McNair said when I..." March 29
Houston Chronicle "Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is making terrific progress in his recovery from microfracture surgery on his right knee almost four months ago. Clowney, the first overall pick in last year’s draft, expressed confidence that he’ll be able to return but didn’t put a timetable on..." March 29
ESPN.com "Almost exactly two years ago, the Texans signed a player who will go down as one of the best to ever play his position, and it was a big mistake. This month, the Texans signed another player who had a terrific career, all with one team. Vince Wilfork spent 11 seasons with the New England..." March 29
Jadeveon Clowney said rehab going well. He's walking without a limp. Surgery was almost 4 months ago.
SB Nation "The NFL views Mexico, Canada and China as the next markets to focus on as it looks to add more international games to the schedule, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The league could be considering NFL games in those markets, similar to the International Series that already takes place..." March 27
Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the obvious on Wednesday when he said at the league meeting that multiple teams had dealings before the start of free agency that may have violated the letter of the law. “We want to make sure no teams are gaining an advantage as it relates to free..." March 26
USA Today "A rules alteration that would inject more excitement into the near-automatic extra point could be adopted for the 2015 NFL season as early as the league's next meeting this May. There was lively discussion among the 32 teams Wednesday about adding significant drama to the mundane point after..." March 25
Battle Red Blog "The Texans kept one of their own by agreeing to terms with free agent linebacker Akeem Dent. Texans fans react to the signing. Dent, acquired from the Falcons in exchange for T.J. Yates last year, played well during his walk season in Houston." March 24
Source: JJ Watt has restructured his contract. Turned $10M roster bonus into a signing bonus. Creates $8M in cap space for HOU for 2015.
Fox Sports Southwest "J.J. Watt is the highest paid player on the Houston Texans after signing a six-year $100 million contract prior to the 2014 season, but that doesn't mean the defensive star can't give his team some salary cap relief. Watt and the Texans have restructured his contract to turn what would have..." March 24