Texans Notebook: The Extension of Nick Martin and Moving on From Aaron Colvin

Patrick D. Starr

The Houston Texans went back to work for their week two opponent the Jacksonville Jaguars. The AFC South matchup has changed with the injury to Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II will start for the Jaguars on Sunday changing the complexion of the game.

Here are news and notes from the opening of the Texans work week.

Texans Part Ways with Aaron Colvin

In the day after a disaster of a game for Aaron Colvin, the Texans cut their loses just two-years into a four-year $34 million deal. Colvin struggled against the Saints in coverage and gave up crucial catches that resulted in a touchdown and a key third-down in the late in the 4th quarter.

O'Brien discussed the release of Colvin and kept is short and sweet.

"Aaron worked hard for us, was a good teammate, good pro," O'Brien explained. "We just felt like it was in the best interest of our team and of Aaron for him to get a fresh start and for us to move in a different direction."​

Texans Bring in Phillip Gaines

The Texans moved on from Aaron Colvin and brought in cornerback Phillip Gaines to replace him on the roster. Gaines had a workout with the Texans on Tuesday, and the team signed him to a one-year deal to get him into the mix.

O'Brien discussed the addition of Gaines.

"He's a guy that can play inside and outside guy that has had production in the league," O'Brien said of Gaines. "He's played for a while. Smart guy, good movement skills, and a versatile skill set that I think we'll see how it goes this week, but I think he has a chance to help us."

Gaines took the field with his teammates on Wednesday preparing to get ready to suit up on the 46-man game-day roster possibly.

Texans Opt to Keep Nick Martin on a 3-Year Extension

The Texans signed starting center Nick Martin to a three-year extension worth $30 million that will keep him in Houston. Martin has battled injuries since he arrived from Notre Dame, but he got off to a solid start in week one against the Saints.

O'Brien felt bringing back Martin was the best thing for continuity upfront for the offensive line.

"Nick is a really good guy, one of the leaders of our team," O'Brien said of Martin. "Tough, smart and dependable. That's, that's what Nick is. He loves football. He loves being a Texan. He's had, in the past, to deal with some injuries. He's come back, though, he played a lot of football, good football for us last year, played good on Monday night, and just want him to be a Texan. So I felt like, we all felt like that was the best move for Nick and for our team."

When Deshaun Watson arrived, the Texans roomed him and Martin together at The Greenbrier so they could start developing a rapport with each other. Since that point, keeping Martin with Watson as his primary center also became a discussion point for the Texans.

"That's part of it," O'Brien said of Martin being Watson's center. "I mean, I think that those guys have a great relationship. They work all the time together. I think they spent time off the field together and so I think that's, that is a part of it. I mean, it's not the biggest part of it. But that's definitely important to have that center and quarterback together. There's a lot of communication with our offense and those guys are on the same page."

Bill O'Brien on Gardner Minshew II

Deals During the Season?

Since the inception of the Texans, doing contract deals during the season has never happened. Now, with the recent deal with Nick Martin, the Texans have opened the door on deals potentially being struck during the season.

When asked about a deal during the season, O'Brien discussed the idea that situations could arise where deals could be struck in-season.

"I think I think every individual case is different," O'Brien said of a contract during the season. "You know what I mean? I don't think it's just a one, one blanket statement on that. I do think it's important for guys to concentrate on the season. But you know, at the same time if the opportunity arises with certain guys, you know, it's something that you can do. So, each individual case is different."

The Texans were dealing with both MArtin and D.J. Reader attempting to get extensions done before the season started. With the recent comments on "each individual case is different" the door remains open for a Reader deal.

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