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Houston Texans News: March 10, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, March 10, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Johnny Manziel not good fit for Houston Texans in 2014 NFL draft, says expert | Audibles -
The Houston Texans are expected to consider former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft because of his ability to put fans in the seats and his local connection to the team. However, according to ESPN and Scouts Inc.,...

Andre Johnson prepared to catch passes from any QB next season
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is fully aware that he could be paired with a new starting quarterback this season. The best player in franchise history will attempt to find a quick rhythm with anyone the Texans select to lead them. But the 11-year veteran acknowledged he prefers to take the field with a QB who already knows the intricacies of the NFL.

State College, PA - Penn State Football Made Severance Payments of $2.5 Million in 2012-13
According to Penn State’s reports made to the NCAA, the university's athletic department paid $956,330 in football severance payments in 2012. And it paid $1,547,297 in severance payments in 2013.

Andre Johnson: Schaub Thinks He Might Stay In Houston " CBS Houston
Houston (CBS Houston) - With just two days left until the start of the league year, Matt Schaub's days as a Texan could be winding down. The Texans can designate Schaub a June 1st roster cut on Tuesday.

Cushing expects Texans to regain winning ways
Inside linebacker Brian Cushing continues to undergo rehabilitation on his surgically repaired knee, and he received some good news recently.

Texans cheerleaders have reason to cheer - Houston Chronicle
There's no off-season for the Texans cheerleaders.

Free-agency primer: Houston Texans - ESPN
Key free agents: NT Earl Mitchell, TE Garrett Graham, DE Antonio Smith, LB Darryl Sharpton, G Wade Smith, RB Ben Tate, OT Ryan Harris, FB Greg Jones.

10 interceptions: Richard Sherman's dagger - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
In the obituary for the Houston Texans' 2013 season, the answers to two questions matter the most: Why? And, how? What we saw over and over again...

Around the League

Packers re-sign CB Sam Shields to 4-year deal -
One of the top free agent cornerbacks is off the market. Sam Shields chose to stay with his current team, inking a four-year deal with the Packers.

Antonio Cromartie released by Jets -
Just as he predicted two months ago, Cromartie has been dropped by the Jets to clear up cap space.

NFL free agency: Everson Griffen re-signing with Vikings for 5 years, $42.5 million, report says -
The defensive end is expected to sign a five-year deal with Minnesota.

2014 NFL free agent rankings: Top 15 free agents at each position -
With franchise and transition tags handed out and a few names choosing to re-up with their old teams, we take another look at the top free agents at each position.

Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. dies -
The auto industry billionaire and long-time owner of Detroit's most popular pro sports franchise passed away at the age of 88 on Sunday.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros make first round of cuts from spring training - The Crawfish Boxes
Paul Clemens is among the nine players headed to minor league camp.

Houston survives OT against Blazers, 118-113 - The Dream Shake
James Harden and Jeremy Lin scored 26 of Houston's final 33 regulation points and 9 of 12 overtime points to win a close game. The Rockets trailed for most of the game, but fought back and closed out a game against a playoff caliber team in the West

2014 Big 12 Awards: Rick Barnes Named Coach of the Year, Five Longhorns Honored - Burnt Orange Nation
Rick Barnes was named coach of the year and five Longhorns were honored on the All Big 12 teams. What a difference a year makes...

Recruiting on the South Plains | JUCO OL Lio Lafaele Commits to Texas Tech - Viva The Matadors
Riverside C.C. offensive lineman Lio Lafaele has committed to Texas Tech and you can thank Darrin Chiaverini for continuing to work.

Baylor topples Kansas State in Manhattan 76-74 to finish 9-9 in Big 12 play - Our Daily Bears
Once again, Baylor PG Kenny Chery stepped up when the Bears needed him most, finishing with yet another career high 29 points.

Big 12 Tournament Preview - Barking Carnival
Despite a late-season slide, Texas still has a chance to make a run in Kansas City.

Off The Wood comics #2: 12 Empties - Good Bull Hunting
About those 12 empty seats...

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - If I was running the #Texans, I would trade _________ for Ryan Mallett. #TTTQ