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Houston Texans News: March 8, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

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Houston Texans news

Texans a legitimate contender to sign Brock Osweiler -
The Denver Broncos wouldn't let Brock Osweiler walk out the door, would they? The Houston Texans have emerged as legitimate contenders to sign the quarterback, Ian Rapoport reports.

Houston Texans Resign Charles James, Lechler, Novak & John Simon " CBS Houston
Monday marks the first day that the Houston Texans can talk to and sign their own free-agents and they have locked in four players according to SportsRadio 610's John McClain. Cornerback/special teams standout Charles James as well as linebacker John Simon were both locked up for the Texans. As were kicker Nick Novak and punter Shane Lechler.

Texans begin QB quest with Brock Osweiler, but don't expect a completion - Houston Chronicle
The Texans took care of some business Monday morning before directing some attention to Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler when it became permissible to negotiate with prospective free agents from other teams.

Free Agency Begins With Texans Reportedly Targeting Osweiler | Houston Press
The Texans need to upgrade the QB position and that upgrade may come from an unlikely place.

Speedy WR Travis Benjamin piques Texans, other NFL teams' interest - Houston Chronicle
Growing up in South Florida, Travis Benjamin earned a nickname built through his reputation for speed.

Interest growing in potential Texans RB target Chris Ivory - Houston Chronicle
New York Jets running back Chris Ivory ran a path to the Pro Bowl last season during a career breakthrough year.

Around the League

Peyton Manning is getting out before we got to know him -
He's a football legend who has been on our televisions for two decades, but we were just getting to know who Peyton Manning really was.

Peyton Manning announces retirement with tearful speech -
Peyton Manning officially retires as the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns.

Eagles to trade Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins, per report -
Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso were high-profile additions in the 2015 offseason for the Eagles, but are now headed to Miami.

Titans 'finalizing' trade for Eagles RB DeMarco Murray, per report -
A year later, the DeMarco Murray experiment is over in Philadelphia.

2016 NFL mock draft: How free agency could change things -
With veterans on the move this week, we'll continue finding clarity in this year's draft.

What's next for Robert Griffin III? -
There may be as many as 10 teams interested in the free agent quarterback.

The weirdest stats from Peyton Manning's incredible career -
What Peyton Manning did on fourth downs was nothing short of amazing.

The Broncos have plenty of options if they can't re-sign Brock Osweiler -
Osweiler may be the most seamless replacement for Peyton Manning, but he's hardly the Broncos' only choice.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 40 In 40: Collin McHugh - The Crawfish Boxes
The Doctor went from waiver wire signing to a top of the rotation starter and never looked back.

NBPA considers filing a grievance over the failed Donatas Motiejunas trade - The Dream Shake
Like, really, though. How is his back good enough to play for the Rockets but not the Pistons?

Texas Longhorns football releases updated spring roster - Burnt Orange Nation
Also known as, "How to have fun during the offseason."

Toddrick Gotcher: The Man, The Myth, The Legend - Viva The Matadors
It's been a long ride for Texas Tech redshirt senior Toddrick Gotcher.

TCU Baseball 2016: Monday Manager, Week 3. - Frogs O' War
The Friday night loss obviously ignited something in TCU as they went on to outscore Gonzaga 26-3 between Saturday and Sunday to take the series.

Baylor WBB Sweeps Big 12 Championships Again - Our Daily Bears
View the FanShot on SB Nation.

Texas A&M rises to #17 in the latest AP Poll - Good Bull Hunting
The Aggies secured an SEC regular season title with wins over Auburn (away) and Vanderbilt (home), rising three spots to #17 in the AP Top 25. The USA Today / Coaches poll also placed Texas A&M at #17.

Texas Longhorns Football: Spring Ball Storyline - Offense - Barking Carnival
Five things to watch for as the Sterlin Gilbert Era kicks off in Austin.

Conference USA released a keyboard with new team emojis. They're... well... they're a thing. - Underdog Dynasty
The new emojis on this keyboard are many things, but "great" is not one of them. So we tried to fix that.

In spite of draw Coyle calls Dynamo players "fantastic" in home opener - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo upbeat despite last second draw against New England Revolution.