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Houston Texans News: February 26, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, February 26, 2016.

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Houston Texans news

Houston Texans' General Manager Rick Smith says running back Arian Foster's salary won't impact team's plans for him
Texans running back Arian Foster's salary won't factor into his future with team, according to general manager Rick Smith.

Texans' Bill O'Brien drafting Christian Hackenberg makes too much sense -
Christian Hackenberg was at his best with Bill O'Brien, and the Texans coach needs a QB bad. Is there any way this draft reunion doesn't happen?

Texans GM: Team won't cut Arian Foster due to salary -
Texans GM Rick Smith isn't saying whether they'll keep Arian Foster, but he says the running back's salary isn't an issue for the team. Foster is due to make $6.5 million in 2016.

Texans have salary-cap flexibility - Houston Chronicle
The Texans' salary-cap situation provides them with a fair amount of financial flexibility heading into a pivotal offseason.

Texans' GM, coach have no problem with owner voicing need for QB - Houston Chronicle
Texans owner Bob McNair remains adamant in his belief that his football team needs to upgrade at the quarterback position.

O'Brien's shopping checklist for a Texans QB is lengthy - Houston Chronicle
INDIANAPOLIS - The Texans are so desperate to draft a quarterback that coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith did not try to deny it Thursday when they met with the media at the combine.

Around the League

Colin Kaepernick's agents requested permission to seek trade from 49ers, per report -
Will Kaepernick stay or go? There's rumors supporting both sides.

Joey Bosa might not be the top-10 NFL Draft pick he's been made out to be -
He's still good, very good, but retired NFL defensive end Stephen White wonders if the Ohio State product has already reached his ceiling.

The weirdest, dumbest questions NFL teams ask players at the Combine -
Every year at the NFL Combine, actual NFL teams ask actual potential draftees if they're a cat or a dog, and if they think their mom is hot.

Dallas police send Johnny Manziel domestic violence case to grand jury -
Whether or not Manziel will be charged is in the hands of the district attorney and by extension, the grand jury.

Translating what NFL teams are really saying at the combine -
Several head coaches and general managers met with the media on Day 1 of the combine, but what does it mean for the draft?

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros Minor League Spotlight: Wandy Rodriguez - The Crawfish Boxes
Tell a friend; Wandy's back! Hey, it might not be for long, maybe he won't be any good anymore, but this will be fun, right?

Dwight Howard lobs so hard the whole basket shakes - The Dream Shake
Lob so hard the NBA wanna fine me for ruining the basket.

Texas HC Charlie Strong never claimed the moral high ground with core values - Burnt Orange Nation
The Longhorns head coach didn't cast himself as the righteous man because he doesn't see anything special in his core values and knows this isn't about him.

Texas Tech Recruiting Roundup, 2/25 - Viva The Matadors
Check out these offensive recruits and a small town athlete who could end up in Lubbock.

Baylor Football: 2016 Spring Practice Day One - Our Daily Bears
Baylor Football is back in action. That's Seth Russell throwing an ACTUAL FOOTBALL!

Texas A&M Basketball: still in the hunt for an SEC title - Good Bull Hunting
We analyze the remaining schedule and tiebreakers among the top SEC teams. What does Aggie Hoops need for their first regular season conference title in 30+ years?

When college football coaches use negative recruiting and why -
Coaches talk about the practice. Would an early signing period help?