The Texans have seen some rough years since they last made the playoffs in 2019. They’ve had somewhat of a revolving door situation at head coach since Bill O’Brien was fired in 2020, appointing Romeo Crennel, David Culley, and Lovie Smith before they landed on current coach DeMeco Ryans, who was hired on a six-year contract in January of this year. The Texans will have high hopes in 2023 with Ryans at the helm as they look to strengthen their squad on both offense and defense.
2022 in review
Houston finished with the second-worst record in the league at 3-13-1, only to be outdone at the bottom of the league by the Bears, who finished 3-14. They had some talented players on the roster with the likes of QB Davis Mills and WR Brandin Cooks on the squad, but it wasn’t enough for them to move the needle much. Mills completed 292 of 479 passes in his second season as a Texan, totaling just 3,118 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions while he suffered 31 sacks.
The Texans are essentially in rebuild mode, and Cooks may not be long for the team as he apparently has been looking for a way out as he’s indicated he doesn’t want to be part of another rebuild. They’ll be seeing several players heading into free agency this year, including QB Kyle Allen, RB Rex Burkhead, TE Jordan Akins, and WR Phillip Dorsett. Houston, armed with 12 draft picks this year including two first-rounders, will look to a combination of the draft and free agency to begin building a solid roster with Ryans at the helm. They also currently have almost $40 million in cap space, so expect them to stay busy this offseason as they head into free agency.
Texans free agency rumors, signings and losses
- Texans signed former Bills RB Devin Singletary to a one-year, $3.75 million contract, per Ian Rapoport.
- Texans signed former Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz to a one-year, $9 million contract, per Tom Pelissero.
- Texans re-signed LT Laremy Tunsil to a three-year, $75 million contract extension, per Ian Rapoport.
- Texans re-signed CB Tavierre Thomas to a one-year, $3 million contract, per Aaron Wilson.
- Former Jets DT Sheldon Rankins is heading to the Texans on a one-year, $10.5 million deal, per Mike Garafolo.
- Texans signed former Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown to a one-year deal, per Aaron Wilson.
- Texans signed veteran QB Case Keenum on a two-year deal, per reports.
- FB/TE Andrew Beck signs two-year deal with Texans worth up to $6.75 million, with $4 million guaranteed — Ian Rapoport
- The Texans have signed Mike Boone to a contract. Terms TBD — DJ Bien-Aime
- Former 49ers DT Hassan Ridgeway will sign a 1-year, $4 million deal with the Houston Texans — Adam Schefter
- The Texans will ink former 49ers DB Jimmie Ward, reuniting the safety with Houston coach DeMeco Ryans — Ian Rapoport
- The Texans signed WR Robert Woods to a two-year deal.
- Cowboys acquired WR Brandin Cooks from the Texans in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick and a 2024 sixth-round pick, per Ian Rapoport.
- Browns signed former Texans TE Jordan Akins to a two-year contract. per the team.
- Former Texans QB Kyle Allen is signing with the Bills, per Ian Rapoport.
March 13 a.m. — The Texans are interested in veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Raiders and Jets could also get involved on Jimmy G during free agency. Signing Jimmy G would mean the Texans don’t need to spend a high pick on a QB just yet. Houston could also consider spending a late-round pick on a project QB and letting him develop behind Garoppolo.