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Texans Agree to Terms with Center Nick Martin on Three-Year Deal Worth $33 Million

The Texans have signed center Nick Martin to a three-year, $33 million extension through 2022 according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The deal includes $18.35 million in guaranteed money for the 2016 second-round pick out of Notre Dame, who was on the final year of his rookie contract.

Although he’s hardly been an All-Pro, Martin has been an improving player since missing his entire rookie season with an ankle injury. The Texans, who have been desperately to solidify their offensive line, clearly think the improvement will continue.

Video: Highlights of the Texans 30-28 Loss to the Saints Monday Night

The Texans played an excellent game against the Saints Monday night, but a last play 58-yard field goal by the Saints ruined the Texans night in a 30-28 loss.

Texans Terminate Contract of Left Tackle Matt Kalil

The Texans terminated the contract of former Pro Bowl left offensive tackle Matt Kalil, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Kalil became expendable after the Texans traded for Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil., their new starting left tackle.

By cutting Kalil, the Texans upgraded their offensive line and saved potentially as much as $5.25 million in pay this season.

Report Claims Texans Paid Jadeveon Clowney $7 Million Before Trade to Seattle

One day before the Texans traded away franchise player Jadeveon Clowney, coach Bill O’Brien said that there was a difference of opinion on the value of the former top overall pick contractually.

As the Texans traded the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher to the Seahawks on Saturday in exchange for a third-round draft pick and Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin, the defending AFC South champions paid Clowney extra to finalize and sweeten the trade for the cap-strapped Seahawks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans, when the trade is completed after physicals are passed, will pay Clowney a $7 million signing bonus, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. The Seahawks will pay Clowney’s base salary, the remainder of his total $15.967 million franchise tender that he signed on Saturday after the trade was completed.

This financial concession shows how determined the Texans were to pay Clowney after his relationship with O’Brien, who has been operating as a de facto general manager with Brian Gaine fired, and the team deteriorated after he was openly shopped throughout the NFL and then refused to play for the Miami Dolphins after visiting with coach Brian Flores and talking with general manager Chris Grier.

The Seahawks are essentially renting Clowney and agreed not to make him their franchise player in 2020. They can’t sign him to a long-term deal until after the season because the July 15 deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals has expired.

Report: Texans Met with Dolphins About a Deal for OLB Jadeveon Clowney

The Dolphins are interested in trading for Texans star Jadeveon Clowney and recently met with the pass-rusher, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Clowney has met with first-year head coach Brian Flores and other members of the Dolphins organization, who hope to persuade the three-time Pro Bowler to accept a trade to Miami, according to ESPN and reports.

The NFL Network was first to report of Miami’s increased interest in Clowney. The Miami Herald also reported Tuesday that the Dolphins consider themselves the leading candidate to acquire Clowney, who has not yet signed his one-year franchise tender with the Texans.

Clowney, who was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl last season, finished 2018 with 47 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He also had 16 tackles for loss, which tied for ninth in the NFL last season, and he now has 53 tackles for loss over the past three seasons, which ranks third in the league.

Duke Johnson the Current Texans Starting RB; O’Brien Says He Likes Backfield Situation

In the aftermath of Lamar Miller’s season-ending torn ACL, the Texans are currently slated to go into the regular season with Duke Johnson as their starting running back.

Asked whether the team plans to add to its RB room before the start of the season in two weeks, Texans coach Bill O’Brien told reporters Monday that while any roster move is possible, he currently likes his backfield as is, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

“I think if you look at our running back situation right now, we have a good situation,” O’Brien said. “I think adding Duke Johnson was a good move. He’s been good in the meeting room, in practice, very professional attitude.

“We’ll see what happens. Anything can happen.”

Houston’s running back corps has seen major additions and subtractions this summer. The Texans cut their 2017 third-round pick D’Onta Foreman on Aug. 4. Then five days later, Houston swung a trade for Johnson, sending a 2020 conditional fourth-round pick back to Cleveland for the back’s services.

The Texans expected to go into the season with a one-two punch of Miller and Johnson, giving them one of their best RB tandems in years. But that went out the window when Miller went down on the second play of Saturday’s preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Houston officially placed Miller on injured reserve on Monday afternoon.

Behind Johnson on the depth chart are six running backs with 74 career carries and zero career starts on their collective resumes: Damarea Crockett, Josh Ferguson, Cullen Gillaspia, Karan Higdon, Buddy Howell and Taiwan Jones. As the roster currently stands, it’s unclear who will take the bulk of the backup reps; for what it’s worth, Higdon filled in for Miller after the RB left Saturday’s game.

Could Doug Martin Be an Option at Running Back for the Texans?

The Raiders announced Sunday they are releasing running back Doug Martin according to NFL Network, a player that likely would get a long look by the Texans.

Houston is going to need help at the RB spot after losing Lamar Miller to what appears to be a torn ACL.

Martin came back to the Raiders this offseason after rushing for 723 yards while averaging 4.2 yards per carry in Oakland last season.

The veteran back likely wouldn’t cost much, as he cost the Raiders just $1.02 million for a one-year deal, something the Texans could afford as the look for running backs.

This preseason saw Martin get just two carries for 1 yard.

Texans Leading RB Lamar Miller Reportedly Suffers Torn ACL

Playing in the preseason is always a risk, and the Texans learned that the hard way on Saturday night, as it looks like they have lost leading running back Lamar Miller for the season with a torn ACL.

Miller was taken off the field on a cart during the first quarter during a game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Texans are fearing the worst, and are just waiting for results from a MRI to confirm the tear.

“It was a tough thing to see,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said of Miller’s injury.

“It’s very difficult to lose a guy like Lamar, for a lot of reasons. He’s a great pro. He’s just an awesome guy in the locker room.”

The injury took place when Miller was tackled by Cowboys tackle Maliek Collins. Miller was hit just above the left knee, and quickly grabbed his left leg.

The 28-year-old was checked out by the medical staff and then was carted off the field.

Miller has been the Texans’ lead back since he joined the team 2016 in free agency.

In 14 games last season, he ran for 973 yards on 210 carries and scored five touchdowns. Miller is entering the final season of a four-year contract.