The first day of permissible interference with players still under contract came and went yesterday with little in the way of tangible news. OR AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO THINK.
Today we can expect to be treated to more rumor, innuendo, smoke signals, and half-baked reports as we steam toward the opening of a new league year—and thus the freedom for free agents to actually sign contracts—tomorrow at 3 p.m. CST. Until then, kindly banter about what you’re reading or suspecting about NFL free agents, including but not limited to A.J. Bouye’s future. The comments are open for business.
UPDATE: Not Texans-related per se, but NFL news worth passing on.
For new #Giants WR Brandon Marshall, who is with his new team today, it’s a 2-year deal worth $12M, source says.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
UPDATE II: A totally unsurprising A.J. Bouye nugget:
As a Texans fan, if Bouye is going to leave (and I remain of the mind that it was destined to happen once the team decided not to franchise him), I suppose I’d rather see him sign with the Eagles rather than the Jaguars, Titans, or Colts.
UPDATE III: But...
Eagles are still not considered a serious player for A.J. Bouye at this time. Of course, things can always change.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 8, 2017
UPDATE IV: There’s been some talk/hope about the Texans looking to strengthen their offensive line by signing Ricky Wagner. Here’s some cold water for that.
UPDATE V: Yeah, Ricky Wagner is definitely not coming to Houston.
Ricky Wagner's reported $9M APY blows away RT contract market, wouldn't rank in top dozen at LT (treating Lane Johnson as LT).— Tom Gower (@ThomasGower) March 8, 2017
UPDATE VI: Not that Chandler Jones was ever a Texans target, but this merits mention.
Sources: The #AZCardinals and franchised tagged pass-rusher Chandler Jones are finalizing a 5-year extension. Going to be large.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
UPDATE VII: If you were hoping the Texans could sign Tyrod Taylor after the Bills released him, my apologies.
Can confirm #Bills have restructured Tyrod Taylor's contract to remain w team.— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) March 8, 2017
UPDATE VIII: Tony Romo will reportedly become a free agent tomorrow. Is he coming to Houston? Denver? Somewhere else? Ian Rapoport says we shouldn’t expect an instant resolution:
The expectation is that soon-to-be-former #Cowboys QB Tony Romo will take a Manning-style visit tour. So don’t expect a quick signing— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
UPDATE IX: One former Texans quarterback is headed west, but it’s not Matt Schaub who’ll be reuniting with Kyle Shanahan.
Sources: Brian Hoyer is expected to sign a multi-year deal with the #49ers once it's finalized tomorrow.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 8, 2017
The #Dolphins are signing pass-rusher Andre Branch to a 3-year contract worth $27M, source said. Cashes in after a resurgence.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
UPDATE XI: Don’t weep for Matt Schaub. Backing up Matt Ryan is a pretty sweet gig if you can get it.
Falcons and QB Matt Schaub reached agreement on a two-year, $9 million deal, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2017
UPDATE XII: The Jaguars have signed a defensive back not named A.J. Bouye.
UPDATE XIII: Well, this is unexpected and seemingly a pretty decent replacement for Martellus Bennett. Gonna be interesting to see what the Colts get for Allen, who I suppose the team decided it could part with after they came to terms with Jack Doyle yesterday.
UPDATE XIV: I would have thought Dwayne Allen would fetch more than this.
Patriots traded a fourth-round pick to Colts for TE Dwayne Allen and a sixth-round pick, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2017
UPDATE XV: The AFC South just got a little bit harder.
Jacksonville is expected to sign Arizona DE Calais Campbell barring any last minute negotiable snags, per @diannaESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
UPDATE XVI: And Baltimore, not to let Jacksonville be the only one to poach a Cardinal, does this: (also, alas poor Cleveland).