Tom Brady has sobered up. The confetti has been scooped up. The jello-shot salsa canisters are in the landfill. Football, football never stops.
With the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Season, every team, including your very stupid Houston Texans, are preparing for the 2021 NFL Offseason. Franchise tags can be placed from February 23rd to March 9th. The free agency tampering period begins March 15th. The new league year starts on March 17th. Coaches hit the office the beginning of April. The NFL Draft is April 29th.
Free agency is less than a month away as the Texans try to trick Deshaun Watson into answering a phone call, and decide if they should build for a despicable future, or try to flip back to playoff contention in the span of an offseason. Regardless of what they do, here is where Houston currently stands at the onset of the offseason:
Cap Space: $5.895 million (17th)
Dead Money: $361,441
Free Agents: J.J. Watt (DE), A.J. McCarron (QB), Brennan Scarlett (EDGE), Gareon Conley (CB), Will Fuller (WR), Dylan Cole (ILB), Roderick Johnson (OT), Vernon Hargreaves III (CB), Jon Weeks (LS), Phillip Gaines (CB), Michael Thomas (S), Tyrell Adams (LB), Kyle Emanuel (LB), Brent Qvale (OG), P.J. Hall (DL), Pharoah Brown (TE), Dontrelle Hilliard (RB), Carlos Watkins (DL), Cornell Armstrong (CB), Geno Stone (S), Buddy Howell (RB), A.J. Moore (S)
Possible Cuts/Cap Savings: Brandin Cooks ($12 million), Whitney Mercilus ($-3 million), David Johnson ($6.4 million), Eric Murray ($968K), Duke Johnson ($5 million), Brandon Dunn ($3.15 million), Zach Fulton ($3 million), Darren Fells ($2.3 million), Senio Kelemte ($1.7 million)
Texans 2021 NFL Draft Picks: Round 3, Round 4, Round 4 (Arizona), Round 5, Round 6, Round 6 (Miami), Round 6 (New Orleans), Round 7