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Houston Texans News: February 5, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Jeff Gross

Houston Texans News

Factors: Houston Texans Cap/FA Situation | The Three-Cone Drill
Cap Space as of today: Less than $5 million. (All monetary figures courtesy of Over The Cap.)Unrestricted Free Agents (11): Andrew Gardner, Garrett Graham, Jarvis Green, Ryan Harris, Greg Jones, Elbert Mack, Joe Mays, Daryl Sharpton, Antonio Smith, Wade Smith, Ben Tate, I don't think there is any doubt that Ben Tate is walking, both because…

How the Houston Texans rated out of high school - ESPN
Wednesday is national signing day, the one day a year when fax machines become relevant (though there's an assault on the relevance of fax machines...

How tortured are Houston Texans fans? - ESPN
Well before the end of the Texans' 2013 season, it was clear receiver Andre Johnson had come to terms with the fact that he was back to a point where...

Turning point in seasons of Texans, Seahawks came in Sept. 29 matchup - Houston Chronicle
[...] on the final play of the third quarter, Wilson was splayed on the ground frantically clawing for the football that had slipped from his grasp less than 36 inches from the Seahawks' end zone.

Manziel trades scrambles for catwalk in charitable effort - Houston Chronicle
The event featured prominent models from Houston businesses and sports, including Texans general manager Rick Smith and former Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini.

Guess what? Everyone has run out of stories about Peyton's legacy and Richard Sherman. They are creating draft storylines now. Joy.

Texans must draft Johnny Manziel at No. 1, or Houston has a problem -
Johnny Manziel may not be the next star NFL QB, but the Texans must take him No. 1 overall because the potential alternative -- Johnny Football a star elsewhere -- is too big a risk for Houston.

Report: Texans' O'Brien not sold on Johnny Manziel's work ethic -
Is Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien convinced that Johnny Manziel has the work ethic and intangibles to be the future of the club? Not according to former NFL scout Russ Lande.

Houston Texans have eyes on Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel in NFL draft 2014 | Audibles -
Ernest Hemingway once said, "The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them," which is definitive proof that Ernest Hemingway never filled out an NFL Mock Draft. The clock striking zeroes at Super Bowl XLVIII launched us unofficially into draft season.

Blake Bortles now No. 2 QB behind Johnny Manziel, Brandt says -
UCF quarterback Blake Bortles is now the No. 2 prospect at the position in the 2014 NFL Draft behind Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt said.

Around the League

The 2014 Super Bowl, or why the NFL always wins -
Is Pete Carroll going to change the NFL with the world champion Seattle Seahawks? Maybe, maybe not. Steven Godfrey went to New Jersey, and found a coach and a team content to enjoy their moment.

Richard Sherman: "The NFC Championship was the Super Bowl" - Mile High Report
"The NFC Championship was the Super Bowl," Richard Sherman told SI's MMQB. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL."

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets and Suns take each other on tonight in Houston.

What is college football's National Signing Day? An FAQ for the casual fan -
Check out our primer for college football's wackiest day, and why it's so important.

Texas Longhorns National Signing Day Open Thread - Burnt Orange Nation
The headquarters for everything happening with the Texas Longhorns on Signing Day.

Texas Tech Football National Signing Day Preview and Open Thread - Viva The Matadors
National Signing Day is here and this is your NSD preview and open thread for the day.

National Signing Day Festivities for Baylor Bears - Our Daily Bears
The biggest day in CFB recruiting begins in just a few short hours. Baylor will welcome 18 (possibly 19) new Bears into the fold tomorrow in what should be a day of celebration. Here's how you can follow along.

How to Follow National Signing Day for Aggies - Good Bull Hunting
If you're an Aggie looking to follow what goes down on NSD, we've got all the info here.

2014 National Signing Day Texas Longhorns Football Recruiting - Barking Carnival
Counting down the commitments as they roll in.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - After two years as a Texan, what do you realistically expect from Whitney Mercilus in 2014? #TTTQ