Posted on: May 18, 2010 1:16 pm
As the Houston Texans began their voluntary organized team activities on Monday, Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson was not there.
According to a story in the Houston Chronicle , Johnson is unhappy with his existing deal and is holding out for a better one.
Under his current contract -- which has five years remaining on it -- Johnson would earn a base salary of $5.8 million for the 2010 season.
Texans GM Rick Smith isn't concerned about Johnson's holdout.
"I'm not real worried because we re-did him with two years left on his original deal, and that was three years ago," Smith said, as quoted by the Chronicle . "Over the first three years of that deal, I think if you even ask him, he's been well-compensated."
"He's got five years left on his deal now (and) we're willing to sit down and talk with him, and he knows that."
Posted on: March 1, 2010 9:22 am
USA Today reports that the Houston Texans have been mentioned as a potential destination for former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson.
Tomlinson has said he wants to join a Super Bowl-caliber team with an established quarterback. Houston is coming off its first winning season, has an explosive offense and maturing defense.
The Texans struggled to run the ball in 2009.
Posted on: November 11, 2009 12:18 pm
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans decided against pursuing RB Larry Johnson as a boost to their running game, which currently ranks No. 27 in the league.
Johnson was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 9 after serving a two-week suspension for using gay slurs and criticizing Chiefs coach Todd Haley. The Texans cited faith in their current running backs and concerns about disrupting team chemistry as their reasons for passing on Johnson.
"We took all the factors into consideration -- football, off-the-field issues, and we determined that it wasn't a good fit for us at this time," Texans GM Rick Smith said, as quoted by McClain. "We've got confidence in our backs. When we come back from our open date, we expect big things out of them."
Houston also took a look at RB Edgerrin James after the veteran RB was released by the Seahawks last week, but opted to pass on him, too.
Posted on: October 29, 2009 11:36 am
The Buffalo News reports that although Bills QB Trent Edwards has been medically cleared to return to practice, Ryan Fitzpatrick will still get the start as the Bills host the Houston Texans on Sunday.
It will be Fitzpatrick's first home start with the team.
Bills coach Dick Jauron ruled Edwards out for the Texans game and would not commit to whether Edwards would get his starting job back, even when he's back in the rotation.
"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Jauron said, as quoted by The Buffalo News.
According to Jauron, doctors are taking the conservative approach in bringing Edwards along as he returns from a head injury suffered on Oct. 18.
Posted on: September 3, 2009 8:30 am
Texans owner Bob McNair, kicker Kris Brown and former tight end Mark Bruener lashed out at a lawsuit that accuses them of collusion in the battle between the NFL and the NFL Players Association over a new collective-bargaining agreement.
According to the Houston Chronicle, McNair, Brown and Bruener denied allegations in the lawsuit filed by Mary Moran, director of human resources for the NFLPA who is on administrative leave, that they were involved in a secret meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and union executives.
Moran charges that Brown, the Texans' alternative player representative to the union, and Bruener, a member of the NFLPA executive committee, joined with other union members in disclosing confidential union information in the secret meeting with Goodell and McNair.
Posted on: March 2, 2009 11:28 am
The Texans seek a back to play behind Steve Slaton and they are bringing in Benson for a visit.
Benson, who was drafted by Chicago with the fourth overall pick in 2005, rushed for 747 yards in 10 starts with Cincinnati last season.
Posted on: October 6, 2008 10:03 am
The Texans, 0-4 this season and 32-68 overall, became the first team in NFL history to blow a lead of at least 17 points in the last five minutes and lose in regulation.
The Colts escaped with a 31-27 victory after overcoming a 27-10 deficit in the last five minutes. They scored three touchdowns in a span of two minutes, 10 seconds.
According to the Houston Chronicle, blowing the 17-point lead was bad enough, but what made it worse was that the Texans have joined the Oilers in that dubious distinction club for losers. The Oilers blew the biggest lead in NFL history — 32 points in the third quarter of the Buffalo playoff game after the 1992 season.