The Texans Off Season to Date

The Houston Texans start their off-season program today under Bill O’Brien and his new staff for the 2014 season. This period has watch free agents walk away, which is slowly shaping the new look Texans for 2014.

Filing Out of Houston

The Texans have lost 12 players to other teams, which will ensure plenty of turnover for the upcoming season.
Owen Daniels- Ravens
Danieal Manning- Bengals
Brice McCain- Steelers
Earl Mitchell- Dolphins
Bryan Braman- Eagles
Andrew Gardner- Eagles
Ben Tate- Browns
Darryl Sharpton- Redskins
Joe Mays- Chiefs
Matt Schaub- Raiders
Antonio Smith- Raiders
Terrell McClain- Cowboys

Free Agents On the Frugal Side

The Texans have hit the bargain basement in regarding on signing free agents from other teams. The Texans have signed four free agents that were on different teams in 2013 and for
Jerrell Powe 1 year $645k (Split Salary) Zero guaranteed
Kendrick Lewis 1 year $795k ($730k salary) $65k roster bonues, $35k guaranteed
Chris Clemons 2 years $2.7 million, $450k guaranteed
Ryan Fitzpatrick 2 years, $7.5 million, $4 million guaranteed.
For four players, to this point, the Texans have only given out $4.485 million in guarantees and this is a considerable change to what has happen in the past with contracts. The Texans are setting themselves up for the upcoming seasons to take care of J.J. Watt when his contract comes up for negotiation.

Ryan Fitzpatrick a Warning Sign for T.J. Yates and Case Keenum

Fitzpatrick is Bill O’Brien’s hand chosen quarterback which is important in terms of the transition into the new era of Texans football. Yates and Keenum will be looking at maybe two to three quarterbacks coming into camp to compete with. Keenum is still practice squad eligible despite starting 8 games in 2013, so there is an outside chance that he could be in the long term plans. As for Yates, he will have the most to prove to make sure that he is with the team when training camp ends.

Chris Myers the Past Three Seasons

Myers is one of the few Texans that has been the model of consistency.

31 Days Until the #1 Pick

The clock is ticking, but May 8th and the start of the 2014 NFL Draft cannot get here soon enough. The extended time to the NFL draft has made this portion of the off-season a poking and the prodding of prospects to a new level. The NFL Combine started the talk and each and every Pro Day just starts a new narrative for prospects day-to-day.

Jadeveon Clowney, Blake Bortles and the hope of Johnny Manziel will be the three prospects in focus as the day approaches. The Texans will have 30 visits allowed to prior to the draft with all of the big names scheduled to visit Houston.

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