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By Texans Bull Blog Staff, on March 8th, 2019

  • The Texans’ Salary Cap Situation Entering Free Agency

    Let’s get one thing clear here.

    When you come back to Battle Red Blog next Monday, it will be the start of the NFL’s tampering period. Teams can unofficially sign players before officially signing players during that time. On Monday, we will be talking about the money being tossed around and the moving trucks criss-crossing the country like tennis shoes. In order to set the mood, let’s dim those lights, put on Happiness Hours by the Sidekicks, open up a bag of nuts, and layout the Texans’ financial situation one last time before it gets obliterated next week.

    First off, the NFL salary cap jumped from $177.2 million to $188.2 million. Hell yeah, that’s another starter’s worth of salary that each team has. Who said the league is on the downturn?

    The second thing is the Texans have already made two big moves this offseason. They franchise-tagged Jadeveon Clowney for $15.9 million in 2019 and are looking to extend him via a long-term contract this summer. Next, Kevin Johnson was released to save a little over $9 million. With the jump in the salary cap and these two moves, Texans Cap has Houston with $72 million in cap room as free agency begins.

    Finally, the Texans can still create additional space. Whitney Mercilus could be traded or released. Lamar Miller could be released; same goes for Senio Kelemete. I could see one of these three things happening, especially if Houston makes a run at a free agent left guard with the way the free agent tackle market looks, or if Romeo Crennel is adamant that the team sticks with a 4-3 that features J.J. Watt and Clowney as defensive ends.

    Regardless, the key thing is that free agency starts on Monday. The Texans have $72 million to spend to improve their roster for the 2019 season.

  • 2019 NFL Free Agency: Tyrann Mathieu Has Several Suitors

    The free agency intrigue over one of the Texans’ 2018 captains is growing.

    Tyrann Mathieu is coming off a stellar 2018 campaign in Houston. After five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, the former All-Pro free safety nicknamed “Honey Badger” agreed to a one-year deal with the Texans. Mathieu is now again a free agent, and several teams have reportedly shown interest in the 26-year old.

    Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the Baltimore Ravens are expected to make a “strong push” for Mathieu if he does indeed hit the market. The Ravens released Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle on Tuesday, leaving the position open for a potential free agent suitor.

    La Canfora also reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking a good look at Mathieu. It does make sense with the connections they have. General manager Jason Licht, head coach Bruce Arians, and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles were all a part of the Arizona Cardinals organization when Mathieu was there.

    After the postseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Mathieu told a Houston Chronicle reporter that he wants to remain a Texan and that he loves the organization, to paraphrase. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweeted Tuesday night that the Texans are making their own push to keep Mathieu. According to Wilson, general manager Brian Gaine has been in contact with Mathieu’s agent to discuss a contract extension, although free agency does not officially begin until March 13 at 3 p.m. central time. Wilson described it as a “fluid situation.”

    Mathieu is part of a deep free agent class for safeties that includes big names such as Earl Thomas, Landon Collins, Lamarcus Joyner, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Adrian Amos Jr.

    My general feeling at the moment is that Mathieu will sign an extension to remain in Houston, but he will see plenty of interest from other teams.

  • 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Has The Texans Selecting…

    Another offensive tackle!

    Another day. Another morning where the sun rose, where you drove to work, where you sit there and think intently on upcoming NFL Free Agency, and what the Texans will do at the end of April when the 2019 NFL Draft gets going.

    Another mock draft. This one is from Todd McShay of ESPN. He has the Texans selecting an offensive tackle. If you know who the person is in the image above, you already know the answer. If you don’t, well, it’s:

    23. Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

    The secondary is going to have some holes, and I do like the idea of Dexter Lawrence plugging the middle of Romeo Crennel’s 3-4 defense. But the Texans allowed 62 sacks last season, the league high by six. Full stop. Ford is a big mauler who would help keep franchise QB Deshaun Watson off his back, and he could play tackle or guard.

    Cody Ford. I now know what he looks like.

    What do you think about the pick? Are you just happy it’s someone other than Greg Little? Are you still annoyed that cornerback is being ignored in these imaginary scenarios where anything is possible and the bounds of reality are escapable?

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