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2017 NFL Free Agency: Teams Can Now Sign Free Agents Without Affecting Compensatory Formula

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Is this what the Texans were waiting for?

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Could Austin Pasztor be a target?
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Please correct me if I’m wrong, but your Houston Texans have thus far managed to be the only NFL team not to sign a free agent who played elsewhere in 2016. Although they re-signed a handful of their own players, they stood pat when it came to inking deals with any non-Texans. Some speculated that there may have been a method to the Texans’ madness, in that they stood to be rewarded in compensatory picks for the departures of A.J. Bouye, Quintin Demps, John Simon, Oday Aboushi, and Don Jones.

Any signing the Texans made, however, could affect the team’s compensatory pick bonanza in 2018. Until today.

Should the Texans sign any free agents from today (or tomorrow, technically, based on now the tweet was worded) forward for the 2017 season, the NFL’s formula for determining compensatory picks will not take those signings into account. Here’s a list of free agents still available according to Spotrac. Anyone you’d like to see the Texans pursue?