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April 1, 2020


Texans sign DT Tim Jernigan to one-year deal 

     Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is signing a one-year deal with the Houston Texans worth up to $3.75 million, with $1.25 million guaranteed,  per Ian Rapoport.

A second-round pick by the Ravens in the 2014 NFL Draft, Jernigan spent three seasons in Baltimore before being traded to Philadelphia in 2017, where he played three seasons for the Eagles. In 10 games last season, the 27-year-old compiled 10 tackles and two sacks.

Jernigan will try to fill the shoes of free-agent D.J. Reader who signed with the Bengals.

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March 31, 2020

Cobb on Watson

WR Randall Cobb signed with the Texans on a three-year, $27 million offer that nobody else would touch, especially his former team, the Cowboys.

Cobb said that the biggest reason he choose Houston was a chance to play with QB Deshaun Watson.

"The reason I picked the Texans is obviously you look at what they've been able todo over the past few years,"Cobb said via ESPN's Sarah Barshop. "Went to the playoffs four of the past five times. At this point in my career, I still don't have a ring, so I want to be in a situation where I have that possibility.  And I think when you look at Deshaun and what he's been able to do since he's been in the league.I've been really impressed from afar, watching him. He has tremendous ability, and he's a winner. He's won at every level. ... I think he has that ability to take us to a Super Bowl, and I want to be a part of something special with him. "

As for his role with the Texans, Cobb said: "It was pretty much coach (Bill) O'Brien, he told me how I thought I would fit in the offense, a veteran presence I could bring to the team." 

Cobb explained, "With Deandre (Hopkins) leaving there's going to be a lot of eyes on all three of us (Will Fuller, Kenny Stills). A lot of people look at me as being a replacement even though DeAndre and I are totally different players."

Cobb, who had a below-average year with the Cowboys last season, was full of platitudes despite the noise surrounding the Texans head coach: "Hearing what my agent (Jimmy Sexton) was telling me about coach Bill O'Brien and the opportunity was one of the main reasons I jumped at the offer." 

Cobb, like many other players, has yet to have their physicals due to the coronavirus. He signed a three years, $27 million contract, but until he passes a physical the contract is on hold.

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March 30, 2020

Texans OT Tunsil, asking for the whole enchilada

       The Texans, thanks to Bill O'Brien's blunders, are backed into a corner by LT Laremy Tunsil. It was BOB who gave up up two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder to get Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills from the Dolphins - without getting Tunsil to agree to a longer-term deal. Now he has them by the short hairs.

Tunsil, 25, made his first Pro Bowl last season after playing in the postseason for the second time. The issue has been the 14 false starts and 17 total penalties Tunsil had. No other NFL player had more than eight false starts.

O'Brien also traded pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks for linebackers Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin. He also traded star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for running back David Johnson. The Texans will receive the Cardinals 2nd rnd. pick this season, and their 4th round pick in the 2021 draft. The Texans threw in their 4th round pick with the Hopkins deal, and pick up his Johnson's salary.

Now Tunsil is looking to be the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans’ initial offer averaged $18.5 million per year. Tunsil’s counteroffer is “significantly higher,” per Wilson.

Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson signed a four-year, $72 million extension in November, with his $18 million per year average leading all offensive linemen. Johnson received $55.8 million in guarantees.

Tunsil, who is under contract for this season at $10.35 million, is seeking a deal averaging more than $20 million per season, according to Wilson.

The Texans have roughly $35 million in cap space, the second-most in the league behind only the Browns, according to overthecap.com.

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March 28, 2020

Gains signed

Texans signed CB Phillip Gaines' to a one-year, $1.047 million deal still includes a $137,500 signing bonus, $910,000 base salary and qualifies for the veteran salary benefit.

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March 23, 2020

Texans start signings

       Texans ILB Benardrick McKinney's $6 million base salary for 2020 is now fully guaranteed for skill and salary cap by being on the roster five days into the 2020 league year.

McKinney's salary was guaranteed for injury only when he signed his five-year, $51 million deal back in 2018 per Aaron Wilson of the Chronicle.

Texans WR Randall Cobb's three-year, $27 million deal includes $18 million guaranteed. Cobb has a $6 million signing bonus, base salaries of $3.75 million, $8.25 million and $7,875 million, with the first two years guaranteed, annual per-game roster bonuses up to $375,000 and an annual $250,000 workout de-escalator. 

Texans S Jaylen Watkins' two-year, $3 million deal includes a $300,000 signing bonus, base salaries of $1.1 million and $1.4 million and a $200,000 roster bonus due Week 1 in 2020. (Wilson)

Texans OT Roderick Johnson's one-year, $1.75 million deal includes a $375,000 signing bonus, $1,125 million base salary and up to $250,000 in per-game active roster bonuses, Per NFLTradeRumors.

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March 20, 2020

Texans signing former Chargers DB Jaylen Watkins

  The Texans are signing former Chargers DB Jaylen Watkins to a two-year, $3 million contract, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media.

Watkins, 28, is a former fourth-round pick of the Eagles back in 2014. He was waived at the start of the 2015 season and had a brief stint on the Bills' practice squad before returning to the Eagles near the end of the 2015 season. The Eagles signed Watkins to a one-year exclusive rights deal for the 2017 season only to declined to tender him a restricted offer the following year. 

In 2019, Watkins returned to the Chargers and appeared in 14 games for the Chargers and recorded 28 tackles, no interceptions, and one pass defense.

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March 20, 2020

Texans re-sign OT Johnson

      The Texans have re-signed OT Roderick Johnson to a one-year, $1.75 million deal per Adam Schefter.

Johnson, 24, is a former fifth-round pick of the Browns back in 2017. Cleveland traded up to get Johnson in draft before waiving him a year later.

The Texans later claimed Johnson off of waivers only to release him after the preseason. He was on and off of the Texan's active roster before making the team's 53-man squad last year.

Houston declined to tender Johnson a restricted offer earlier in the week.

In 2019, Johnson was active for all 16 games and made three starts for the Texans.

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March 19, 2020

Odds for Deshaun Watson to be the Patriots QB in 2021

     Following the departure of Tom Brady from the Patriots, and Bill O'Brien dumping DeAndre Hopkins, and the Rams cutting Todd Gurley, anything can happen.

Belichick needs a QB, and O'Brien is frikkin' nuts. Brace yourselves Texans fans,

According to Sports Betting,  Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is favored to be the Patriots’ starting quarterback in 2021.

Deshaun Watson: +300

Jarrett Stidham: +500

Trevor Lawrence: +500

Kyle Trask: +700

Dak Prescott: +900

Watson, 24, finished up yet another tremendous season under O’Brien with the Texans. He’s now eligible for an extension for the first time in his career. He's not slated to hit free agency until after the 2021 season. 



Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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