The offseason is here, even if nothing is happening. No one wants to use their franchise tag yet. Teams are getting ready to ship out to Indianapolis to sit in Motel 6s and wait for the specimens to arrive. There’s Spotrac, there’s Over The Cap, there’s that RotoWorld free agency tracker, and now here’s another list to keep up with: NFL Network’s Top 101 free agents. Slap some Pro Football Focus scores next to it and you got yourself some real football analysis to check on as the dead time progresses.
Here’s what they had to say about the Houston Texans’ free agents:
3. Jadeveon Clowney: Edge
Using the franchise tag to retain Clowney makes too much sense for Houston, considering his nagging injuries, even if Clowney won’t be thrilled about it.
15. Tyrann Mathieu: Safety
Mathieu remains a deceptively hard hitter and a versatile ballhawk, even if he’s no longer the game-changing playmaker that he was early in his Arizona tenure. Still just 26 years old, he shouldn’t have to settle for another one-year contract.
40. Kareem Jackson: Safety
Without question the hardest-hitting cornerback in the league -- and an egregious Pro Bowl snub -- last year. More of a safety-corner hybrid, Jackson’s coverage skills aren’t quite as consistent as his tackling prowess.