March 21, 2018

Texans Priorities for the 2014 Offseason

The Super Bowl has come to an end and the Houston Texans are now officially on the clock for the 2014 NFL draft and much more. The debacle of a 2013 season that was once full of hope progressively fell apart by week 17 of the season and the off-season approaches. An off-season that will renew hope with potential free agent signings and new draft class to add to the vision of this new era of Texans football.

Arriving at the best plan is key for the Texans to make some improvement from last season. The Texans currently feel they are not in the rebuild mode and expect to be back in the hunt for the AFC South title in 2014 but people looking in have a different view. The Texans have plenty of work to get done before training camp arrives and in a little over than a month the process will start.


Key Dates:

Feb. 17: First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition Players.

March 8-11: On March 8, clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of the players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. ET on March 11.

March 11: New league year, free agency begins.

March 11: All clubs must be under the 2014 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET.

May 8-10: NFL draft in New York City, Radio City Music Hall. First round begins at 8 p.m. ET.


Matt Schaub

Matt Schaub

Determine Potential Cuts

Matt Schaub, Owen Daniels and Danieal Manning come to mind, especially with their low guaranteed money compared to their 2014 cap numbers. If the Texans decide to part with the three it could be important for the overall complexion of the team.

Help for the 2014 Cap Number 

Owen Daniels $4,500,000 saved

Danieal Manning $4,500,000 saved

Matt Schaub $3,625,000 saved

The Texans could help their cause out with two cuts in Schaub and Daniels because right now we have a hard time seeing Manning being cut due to the lack of safety help currently on the team. With the potential cuts not named Manning, the Texans could easily clear a little over $8 million in cap room for 2014. Add that to the cap space the Texans currently have (we have seen numbers range from $2M, $3.3M and $8M in cap space,) there could be some room to add some street free agents at bargain prices.


Determine What Young Players Could Help Immediately Next Season

Alan Bonner

Alan Bonner

This is a big key for the Texans so they can understand which young players they currently have under contract can help in some form next season. Players like A.J. Bouye (CB), Eddie Pleasant (S), Alan Bonner (WR), Justin Tuggle (LB), Trevardo Williams (LB) and David Quessenberry (OL) could easily help some decisions to be made if they feel they are capable of being contributors. The Texans assessment of the youth process and how those players could help the roster is a big key for the team. The Texans will have more young players to add with the draft class that is coming to Houston which only gives the Texans more to look at.

Bill O’Brien has made it known that he is evaluating his team and being able to determine where these players could fit is one of the biggest keys for this off-season.


Find The Quarterback 

The Texans main goal is to upgrade the position with a potentially better player or a quarterback that already is here. There has been plenty of speculation that the Texans could be moving Schaub in some form or fashion, which leaves T.J. Yates and Case Keenum both under contract and fighting for jobs in Houston. Rick Smith and his scouts, along with O’Brien, have the daunting task of finding two new quarterbacks to bring to Houston and compete for the new starting job.

Owner Bob McNair has made it known there will be a veteran quarterback in camp this year and there is potential for the Texans to draft one with a high pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. This franchise needs a new face under center to carry out the new vision of O’Brien and who will ultimately be linked with the new regime in Houston.


Brooks Reed

Brooks Reed

Address the Positional Holes

One misconception with the Texans positional issues is that there are real issues that will slow the team in winning games. The issues at right tackle, left guard, nickel corner, outside linebacker and inside linebacker were there in 2012 when the Texans were 12-4, just like they were in 2013. The only difference is that the Texans had a quarterback in 2012 that was still producing enough to win games, which was not the case in 2013.

The front office has to look at what positions need the immediate upgrade and from the look of it quarterback, right tackle and outside linebacker seem to be the positions that need the most attention.


This will be a process that will be interesting to watch and the plan is being put into place. How the Texans handle these priorities will be the bridge to starting the O’Brien era in Houston on the right track.




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2 Responses to “Texans Priorities for the 2014 Offseason”
  1. cartooner says:

    When did McNair make it known there WILL be a veteran QB in camp this year? Unless he was talking about T.J. or Keenum, I’m only aware Bob mentioning getting a veteran QB as one of several options “we could do.”

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