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With the 2022 NFL season on the horizon, the Texans are in store for an active offseason. Follow along with for all the latest news, notes, and transactions below. 


The Houston Texans have waived running back Scottie Phillips off of the injured reserve list. 

Phillips was originally waived off of the 90-man roster, and was placed on the team's IR list after he cleared waivers. 

Phillips has played in 11 games over the last two seasons for the Texans, primarily on special teams. He does have one rushing touchdown to his name. 


The Houston Texans will play at least one of their pre-season games this August on a national stage.

The game is set to be broadcast on NFL Network. They will face off against the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on August 19.

You can view the entire NFL Network preseason schedule below:

August 12

Atlanta at Detroit, 6:00

Green Bay at San Francisco, 8:30

August 13

Kansas City at Chicago, 1:00

Indianapolis at Buffalo, 4:00

Seattle at Pittsburgh, 7:00

Dallas at Denver, 9:00

August 14

Minnesota at Las Vegas, 4:25

August 19

Carolina at New England, 7:00

Houston at L.A. Rams, 10:00

August 20

Denver at Buffalo, 1:00

Washington at Kansas City, 4:00

Tampa Bay at Tennessee, 7:00

Dallas at L.A. Chargers, 10:00

August 21

Philadelphia at Cleveland, 1:00

Cincinnati at N.Y. Giants, 7:00

August 25

Green Bay at Kansas City, 8:00

August 26

Seattle at Dallas, 8:00

August 27

Jacksonville at Atlanta, 3:00

L.A. Rams at Cincinnati, 6:00

Minnesota at Denver, 9:00

August 28

N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, 1:00

JUNE 11 TIGHT END SWAP The Houston Texans cut tight end, Darrell Daniels, on Friday, leaving an empty depth slot in the tight end room. A journeyman, Daniels originally signed with the Texans on May 23. 

Daniels was originally drafted by the Colts, and also spent time in Seattle and Arizona before coming to Houston. He has 13 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in his career

To replace Daniels, the Texans signed Mason Schreck, who spent four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Schreck has not recorded a catch in his career, but has played in 23 games and has one start under his belt.

JUNE 7 WALLACE-SIMMS SIGNED After waiving offensive lineman Carson Green, the Texans have found a replacement, in the form of former Jaguars guard Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms.

A former undrafted free agent out of Missouri, Wallace-Simms appeared in five games with the Jaguars last season, and was released in January.

JUNE 3 GREEN CUT The Texans waived offensive lineman Carson Green, 23, the team announced Friday.

Green, an Aggies product - like top rookie Kenyon Green - signed back with the Texans on March 11 after spending time on the Houston practice squad.

JUNE 1 NEW MADDEN COVER For the first time since 2000, John Madden will grace the cover of the video game named after him.

The Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster passed away in December at the age of 85.

Madden 23 is set to come out this August.

MAY 25 KAP WORKOUT FOR RAIDERS The Las Vegas Raiders are hosting quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a workout.

Kaepernick gained praise and scrutiny for kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 NFL season, the last year he played in the NFL.

Kaepernick, 34, spent the 2011-16 seasons with the Niners.

MAY 21 CLOWNEY SIGNS The Browns are keeping a former Texans standout and a difference-maker by re-signing pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, per multiple reports.

Despite nine sacks last year, Clowney - formerly a Houston No. 1 overall pick - again sat on the shelf for a time before re-upping with Cleveland, a team that believes it’s building a contender featuring another Texans ex in QB Deshaun Watson.

MAY 17 FORMER TEXAN LINDSAY STAYS IN AFC SOUTH Former Houston Texans free agent running back Phillip Lindsay is signing with the Indianapolis Colts on a one year deal, per his agency. 

It will be Lindsay's fourth team in three seasons. 

Lindsay, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos in 2018, had 1,278 yards in 10 scores in his rookie campaign. He also went over 100 yards in his second season with the team. However, from there, Lindsay's production began to decline. 

Lindsay signed with the Texans in 2021 but never got going, rushing 50 times for 130 yards and one score. The Texans would then release Lindsay, and he would be claimed by Miami. He played just four games with the Dolphins. 

MAY 15 TEXANS GET GREEN The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with the 15th overall pick, offensive lineman Kenyon Green. The Texas native is reportedly set to sign a fully-guaranteed four-year deal worth $15.9 million. 

An All-SEC First-Teamer in 2021, the Texas A&M alumnus made 35 appearances in three years for the Aggies. 

Green is expected to challenge for a starting role at guard - most likely on the left in between center Justin Britt and left tackle Laremy Tunsil. 

MAY 13 TEXANS SIGN 12 UDFAs The Texans have come to terms with 12 undrafted free agent prior to the start of rookie minicamp Friday. Houston also has come to terms with six of its nine draftees in the past week. 

The three biggest name to watch for from an undrafted rookie side are Sam Houston State cornerback Tristan McCollum, Oklahoma State safety Kolby Harvell-Peel and Houston tight end Seth Green. 

McCoullum started three seasons for the Bearcats, helping them win the FCS Championship in 2020. He recorded 145 total tackles, 27 pass deflections and three interceptions while playing in 54 total games. 

Green, a former quarterback turned tight end, began his career at Minnesota before transferring to Houston last offseason. In his lone season with the Cougars, he tallied 13 catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns. 

Harvell-Peel was three-year start under Jim Knowles' defense at Oklahoma State. He was a third-team All-American during his final season as the captain of the Cowboys' defense. For his career, Harvell-Peel recorded 185 tackles, 20 pass deflections, 10 interceptions, 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. 

Below are all 12 signings who will be a part of the Texans' 90-man roster. Houston begins rookie camp Friday.

- Arkansas OL Myron Cunningham

- Nebraska DL Damion Daniels

-Baylor WR Drew Estrada

- Memphis DB Jacobi Francis 

- Houston TE Seth Green

- Central Michigan DL Troy Hairston  

- Illinois LB Jake Hansen 

- Oklahoma State S Kobly Harvell-Peel

- Notre Dame DL Kurt Hinish

- Oregon WR Johnny Johnson III

- Sam Houston State CB Trisitian McCollum

- International Player Pathway Program DL Adedayo Odeleye

MAY 12 TEXANS SIGN BOOKER Fifth-round pick Thomas Booker is set to sign his rookie deal with the Houston Texans. The Stanford alumnus joins safety Jalen Pitre and tight end Teagan Quitoriano in putting pen to paper for Houston.

Per Aaron Wilson, the 6-3, 301-pound versatile defensive lineman will be signing a four-year deal. 

This leaves cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., guard Kenyon Green, wide receiver John Metchie III, running back Dameon Pierce, and offensive lineman Austin Deculus as the remaining unsigned drafted players.

MAY 12 TITANS SIGNING WALKER Former Houston Texans defensive end DeMarcus Walker will stay in the AFC South after signing for the Tennessee Titans.

The 6-4, 280-pound Florida native was a second-round pick by the Denver Broncos back in 2017. After four years with the Broncos, he spent one season in Houston where he played 13 games, recording two sacks and 31 tackles.

MAY 12 KEKE VISITS CARDS Former Houston Texans defensive tackle Kingsley Keke is set to visit the Arizona Cardinals.

Claimed off of waivers from the Green Bay Packers back in January, Keke was waived on May 3rd. A fifth-round pick by the Packers out of Texas A&M in 2019, Keke made 17 appearances for the Packers, before his brief stint in Houston.




The Buffalo Bills are hiring Texans director of player personnel Matt Bazirgan for the role of Senior Personnel Executive in Brandon Beane’s front office. The news was first reported by NFL Network. 

Beane was in need of a high-end No. 2 official following the departure of now New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen. The Texans promoted Bazirgan to co-assistant director of player personnel last May following his interview for the Texans general manager position. 

Prior to joining Houston, Bazirgan spent 14 years working in a multitude of roles for the New York Jets. He primarily served as the team's director of college scouting, director of pro personnel and assistant director of pro personnel.

Bazirgan's move marks the fourth time Buffalo and Houston have been linked this offseason. The Texans added Jacques Cesaire as the new defensive line coach following the hiring of Lovie Smith as head coach. Earlier this month, Houston signed both Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes to multi-year deals. 


The Houston Texans agreed to a deal with veteran free agent defensive end Jerry Hughes Tuesday, according to a report from NFL expert Jordan Schultz.

Hughes has been a staple in the league since being selected 31st overall out of TCU by the Colts in the 2010 draft. After having just five sacks in his first three seasons in Indianapolis, Hughes arrived in Buffalo in 2013 and immediately had an impact, recording back-to-back 10-sack seasons in 2013 and 2014.

The 33-year-old has played in 12 or more games in each of his 12 season, totaling 58 sacks, 412 total tackles, 16 forced fumbles, one pick, and two touchdowns.

He'll add some much-needed veteran presence to Houston's defensive line this season.


The Houston Texans cut defensive tackle Kingsley Keke Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.

Keke was claimed by Houston off waivers in January after being cut by the Packers due to disagreements with the coaching staff. Now after just three months with the Texans and never appearing in a game, the former Texas A&M Aggie is once again a free agent.

A fifth-round pick in 2019, Keke played three seasons in Green Bay before his departure in January.

Keke had some solid production in 12 games for the Packers last season. He totaled 23 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and an impressive three passes defended from his defensive tackle spot.

According to Wilson's sources, Keke's departure from Houston came down to a matter of salary numbers and the arrival of new defensive lineman like former Bill Mario Addison, who signed with Houston Monday.

MAY 2 TEXANS SIGN VETERAN DE The Houston Texans are set to sign their second defensive end of the day, this time in the shape of 34-year-old Mario Addison, according to Mark Berman.

Set to enter his 12th NFL season, Addison has played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Washington, Carolina Panthers, and Buffalo Bills.

In 158 appearances (58 starts) Addison has 67 sacks and 112 quarterback hits. 

He's spent the last two seasons in Buffalo where he started seven of his 32 appearances, recording 12 sacks. 

Addison will likely be battling the likes of Rasheem Green, Demone Harris, and Derek Rivers for a backup role.

MAY 2 REBEL RB WAIVED The Houston Texans have waived/injured former Ole Miss running back Scottie Phillips.

Phillips signed for the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2020, bouncing back and forth between the active roster and practice squad until injury cut short his 2021 season.

In two seasons, Phillips made 11 appearances, rushing for 22 yards and receiving for a further 16.

This comes on the same day that the Texans picked up the fifth-year option on offensive lineman Tytus Howard. The Texans also signed former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Rasheem Green, and traded former second-round pick defensive back, Lonnie Johnson Jr., to the Kansas City Chiefs for a conditional seventh-rounder.

APRIL 26 RON'DELL RELEASED The Houston Texans waived defensive lineman Ron'Dell Carter on Monday, after just one year with the team. 

Carter played 20 snaps in his one game with the franchise, and did not record a tackle.

After going undrafted out of James Madison in 2020, Carter also spent time with the Cowboys, Cardinals and the Colts. The Cowboys once saw great promise in Carter, who will now re-start elsewhere.

APRIL 22 PIONEER PASSES Former Houston Oilers linebacker Garland Boyette, a football pioneer, passed away on Tuesday. He was 82 years old. 

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Boyette, a native of Orange, joined Kansas City’s Willie Lanier as the first Black players in professional football history to start at the linebacker position.

APRIL 21 TEXANS LOSE TE TO GIANTS - Seeing his playing time in Houston dwindle behind the likes of Brevin Jordan, Pharaoh Brown and Antony Auclair, tight end Jordan Akins signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants. The 6-4, 243-pound Akins was a third-round pick of the Texans in the 2018 NFL draft. He became an unrestricted free agent in March. In 58 career games (23 starts), Akins has hauled in 114 receptions for 1,260 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also rushed the ball twice for seven yards and recorded one special teams tackle.

Houston will rely on second-year man Brevin Jordan in 2022.

APRIL 12 STARTING DT VISITS Free-agent defensive tackle Vincent Taylor is visiting the Falcons, NFL Network reports. Taylor (6-3, 311) started for the Texans in Week 1 of last season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. 

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Taylor, 28, was a sixth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2017 out of Oklahoma State.

APRIL 11 TEXANS VISIT WITH STEVEN NELSON The Houston Texans received a visit from free agent cornerback Steven Nelson on Monday, per a report from NFL insider Aaron Wilson. 

In 2021, Nelson finished the season with 50 tackles and one interception to his name and has recorded 341 total tackles, eight interceptions and 59 pass deflections in 98 career games. 

APRIL 6 FORMER TEXANS LB WHITNEY MERCILUS RETIRES Former Houston Texans' All-Pro linebacker Whitney Mercilus announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. He made his announcement via Instagram

In a statement released through his agent, Mercilus took a moment to thank the Texans and Cal McNair after 10 seasons. Mercilus departed Houston as a free agent in October to join the Green Bay Packers.

"To the McNair Family and the Houston Texans, thank you for selecting me in 2012 to be a part of your organization. I was able to make Houston my home with my family, and I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. It was an honor to play for the Texans for nearly a decade!"

APRIL 2 TEXANS LOSE JOHNSON TO SAINTS The Houston Texans have lost defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson via free agency after he signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. 

Johnson spent just one year in Houston, playing in 12 games and making 23 total tackles.

APRIL 1 OFFSEASON DATES REVEALED As a fresh start for the Houston Texans draws ever nearer, details of their 2022 offseason program have been reported by Pro Football Network's Aaron Wilson.

It all begins on April 11th, followed shortly after by their voluntary minicamp between April 26-28th.

The focus will then swiftly turn to the draft which runs from April 28-30th.

Next up are their OTA workouts on May 23rd, May 25-26th, May 31st, June 2-3rd, and June 6-9th.

Mandatory minicamp will then be run from June 14-16th.

APRIL 1 CAP SPACE UPDATE Just over two weeks into free agency, the Houston Texans are still able to spend money. After trading Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns, money might be growing on trees in Houston.

The team currently sits 3rd in the league in terms of cap space, with just over $22 million to spend. The team might use the money to sign a replacement for Justin Reid, who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs or a tight end to pair with incoming second-year pro Brevin Jordan.

MARCH 31 HEWITT CONTRACT DETAILS FINALIZED The Texans are bringing back linebacker Neville Hewitt on a one-year $1.95 million deal with $895,000 guaranteed, and a $350,000 signing bonus. Hewitt will also have a $300,000 playtime incentive.

The details were first reported by Aaron Wilson at PFN.

Hewitt served as the No. 4 linebacker and primarily found success on special teams.

Signed to a one-year deal in 2021, Hewitt started five games in place of Christian Kirksey. He recorded 60 total tackles, a quarterback hit a four pressures.

A core special teams player, Hewitt was credited with playing in 63 percent of snaps. Undrafted out of Marshall in 2015, Hewitt also played for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. His best season came in 2020 with the Jets when he recorded 134 tackles and two sacks. 

MARCH 28 DRAFT ‘24 SET: The NFL has allotted the 2024 NFL Draft to the city of Detroit. The Motor City wins the right over other cities such as Green Bay and Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, it was announced that Kansas City would be the location of the 2023 NFL Draft following its pitch over Green Bay and several other cities. The event is set to take place on April 27-29. 

The 2022 NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 28 and will continue through Saturday, April 30. 

MARCH 26 HEWITT HEADS BACK TO HOUSTON The Texans are bringing back linebacker Neville Hewitt on a one-year deal, according to his agent. Hewitt served as the No. 4 linebacker and primarily found success on special teams. 

Signed to a one-year deal in 2021, Hewitt started five games in place of Christian Kirksey. He recorded 60 total tackles, a quarterback hit a four pressures. 

A core special teams player, Hewitt was credited with playing in 63 percent of snaps. Undrafted out of Marshall in 2015, Hewitt also played for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.  His best season came in 2020 with the Jets when he recorded 134 tackles and two sacks. 

MARCH 24 DRAFT ‘23 SET: The NFL has now locked into the dates for the 2023 Draft, scheduled to take place in Kansas City, announcing it will be held April 27-29.

Kansas City was selected as the host city for the 2023 event three years ago.

“This will be one of the biggest and most-anticipated professional sporting events our city has hosted,” Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Visit KC, said in a statement.

This year’s NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas on April 28-30.

MARCH 24 JANOVICH SIGNED The Houston Texans cleared up some roster space on Thursday, releasing linebacker Josh Watson. 

Watson was signed by the Texans in 2021, and played just two games with the team. Watson had played 17 games in 2019 and 2020 with the Broncos

MARCH 22 MACK IN TOWN The Texans know Marlon Mack well from his time as the Colts starting running back.

Now they are getting to know the free agent a bit better as he visits today.

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Mack, who just turned 26 years old, in his second and third seasons in the NFL started for the Colts, rushing for 908 yards in 2018 and 1,091 in 2019. But then in 2020, Indy drafted Jonathan Taylor - and Mack tore his Achilles in Week 1 of the season.

Since then, Taylor has become an elite back. And Mack? He’s available for a look from a Texans team that on Tuesday also cut Jake Eldrenkamp, Connor Strachan and T.J. Green.

MARCH 20 TEXANS RE-SIGN DEFENSIVE STANDOUT The Houston Texans are set to re-sign linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, to another one-year deal.

According to Aaron Wilson, Grugier-Hill is set to sign a $4 million contract for the 2022 season. 

The former Miami Dolphin was one of Texans general manager Nick Caserio's more impressive free agency signings last year, racking up a team-leading and career-best 108 tackles in 14 starts. Grugier-Hill also hit career-highs in tackles for a loss (13), sacks (3.0), quarterback hits (5), interceptions (1), defended passes (3), and forced fumbles (2).

MARCH 18 RAIDERS PULL OFF MONSTER TRADE The Las Vegas Raiders have pulled off one of the biggest trades this year, reaching a deal to acquire Green Bay Packers wide receiver, Davante Adams.

According to Adam Schefter, the Raiders will be sending two of their 2022 draft picks, including their first-rounder. Adams meanwhile will be signing a new five-year deal with Las Vegas worth a reported $141.25 million for an average of $28.25 per season. This deal makes Adams the highest-paid receiver in the league.

Adams will be joining up with college teammate, quarterback Derek Carr, next door to who he has just bought a house.