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Texans cancel trade with Dolphins over failed physical

Lovie Smith in profile

Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Houston Texans defensive coordinator Lovie Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans on Thursday canceled a trade with the Miami Dolphins after their trade target failed his physical.

Houston on Tuesday acquired tight end Adam Shaheen and a 2023 7th-round pick from Miami in exchange for a 2023 6th-round pick. But Shaheen failed his physical due to a preexisting knee condition.

Shaheen will now head back to Miami, which will likely cut the tight end.

Shaheen has spent the last two seasons with Miami after beginning his career with the Chicago Bears. He had 12 catches for 110 yards last season and has seven touchdowns catches in five career seasons.

Pharaoh Brown and Brevin Jordan currently top the Texans’ depth chart at tight end, with Brown said to be the starter.

Texans rookie announces he has been diagnosed with Leukemia

John Metchie at the Scouting Combine

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver John Metchie talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans rookie wide receiver John Metchie III was hoping to make a major impact in his first NFL season, but the former Alabama star now has something to tend to that is far more important than football — his health.

Metchie announced on Sunday that he was recently diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. He said the cancer is very curable and that he expects to recover. However, Metchie said he will not be playing football in 2022.

The Texans took Metchie with the 44th overall pick in the draft. He was expected to get significant playing time and compete for a starting job.

Metchie had a huge season with Alabama last year. He caught 69 passes for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns. He has a promising career ahead of him, even if it will be put on hold until 2023.

Darius Anderson rape charge changed after ‘coding error’

Darius Anderson on the practice field

Jun 14, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans running back Darius Anderson (30) stretches at minicamp at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans running back Darius Anderson was arrested on Friday, but the charge he is facing is different from what was initially reported.

Harris County Court records initially showed that Anderson had been charged with burglary with intent to rape, but police say that was a “coding error.” Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reported on Tuesday that the charge has been updated to burglary with intent to commit assault.

Anderson is no longer in custody and has an arraignment scheduled for Wednesday. No details about the alleged incident have been released.

The Texans said in a statement that they are aware of the charge and are “gathering information and have no further comment at this time.”

Anderson, 24, signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of TCU in 2020. He then spent time with the Indianapolis Colts before signing with Houston’s practice squad late last season. Anderson has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Texans settle all claims related to Deshaun Watson scandal

Deshaun Watson at a press conference

Mar 25, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson talks with the media during a press conference at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans were accused by more than two dozen women of failing to act after they learned of Deshaun Watson’s alleged troubling behavior, but all of those claims have been settled.

Attorney Tony Buzbee announced on Friday that 30 women who either filed claims or planned to file claims against the Texans have agreed to settlements with the team. The terms of the agreements will not be disclosed. Buzbee said he will not offer any further comment on the Texans’ alleged role in the scandal, but he took the opportunity to criticize Watson’s legal team for the way they have handled the sexual assault allegations.

“I will have no further comment on the allegations or the Texans’ alleged role, other than to say there is a marked contrast in the way in which the Texans addressed these allegations, and the way in which Watson’s team has done so,” Buzbee wrote.

You can read the full release below:

Only one of the 30 women filed an actual lawsuit against the Texans, according to Buzbee. That lawsuit will be dismissed once the settlement is completed.

The one lawsuit made numerous troubling allegations against the Texans organization. The suit claimed the owner of a massage therapy company reached out to the team in 2020 to express concern over Watson “seeking out an unusually high number of massages from strangers on Instagram.” The Texans were also accused of trying to help cover up Watson’s alleged misconduct. You can read more details here.

Watson has settled 20 of the 24 sexual assault lawsuits that were filed against him. The fact that there were 30 women who made claims against the Texans could indicate that the Cleveland Browns star will face more lawsuits.

Texans sued over Deshaun Watson sexual assault scandal

Deshaun Watson on the practice field

Jun 14, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs a play during minicamp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson has been sued by two dozen women who claim the star quarterback sexually assaulted them, and the Houston Texans are now facing a lawsuit in connection with the allegations.

A lawsuit that was filed against the Texans on Monday claims some of Watson’s concerning behavior was reported to the team, but they did nothing about it. According to the suit, which was obtained by Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle, the owner of a massage therapy company called Genuine Touch, which partnered with the Texans, reported to the team in 2020 that Watson was “seeking out an unusually high number of massages from strangers on Instagram.”

Joni Honn, the owner of Genuine Touch, allegedly told the Texans she was concerned Watson was “putting himself in danger of contracting Covid, or getting himself sued.” The lawsuit also claims Genuine Touch employees described “sketchiness” and “attempts to push boundaries” from Watson.

The suit states that people with Genuine Touch were made aware that Watson was having sexual relations with at least one therapist during sessions. The Texans supposedly knew and helped Watson set up a non-disclosure agreement with therapists to avoid any issues.

“Despite this behavior, and after yet another woman questioned Watson’s behavior and threatened to expose Watson on the internet, the Houston Texans organization — rather than investigate and address Watson’s disturbing behavior — instead provided Watson with a NDA to ‘protect himself’ going forward from the random women he was finding on Instagram,” the lawsuit states.

The Texans issued a statement saying they are aware of the lawsuit and have complied with all investigations dating back to when the allegations first surfaced last year.

Watson recently settled 20 of the 24 lawsuits and has continued to deny all of the allegations. One aspect of his behavior that he cannot seem to explain is why he had so many different massage therapists in a span of a little over a year. Watson was recently asked about that, and many were not satisfied with his response.

The NFL is getting close to wrapping up its Watson investigation, and there has been talk of a significant suspension.

NFL scheduler admits to avoiding one specific matchup in Week 1

Deshaun Watson at a press conference

Mar 25, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson talks with the media during a press conference at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

One NFL scheduling executive admitted that his department looked to avoid a specific matchup in Week 1.

Vice President of NFL Broadcast Planning & Scheduling Mike North joined Adam Schein on “Schein on Sports” on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Friday. In the interview, Schein asked North whether the scheduling department took into account a potential Deshaun Watson suspension when making the schedule.

North said they did not do so because they don’t have any information about whether Watson will be suspended, and if so, when the suspension will take place.

But North did admit to something else — they avoided having Watson face his former team, the Houston Texans, in Week 1.

“We knew that Houston and Cleveland were obviously gonna play each other this year. And Cleveland at Houston is gonna mean something,” North said. “I’ll be honest with you, we did see a schedule, somewhere along the hundreds of thousands that we looked at this year, where that game was in Week number one. And I’m just not sure that would have been the right place for it, right? That’s maybe not the right, you know, game that we want all eyes on, attention on, you know, taking attention away from some of these other big tentpoles … in Week 1. So other than maybe really just thinking about where that because where that actual Cleveland at Houston game fell, there really wasn’t a lot of attention paid because, honestly, none of us knows what’s gonna happen.”

Watson’s Cleveland Browns are scheduled to visit the Texans in Week 13 instead.

Watson did not play at all last season while remaining on the Texans’ roster. The 26-year-old quarterack was traded to the Browns this offseason. The trade came after Watson was not criminally charged despite facing numerous accusations of improper sexual behavior while receiving and seeking massages. The NFL has not officially handed down any discipline to Watson. NFL rules allow the commissioner to discipline a player despite the absence of criminal charges.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Report: Texans ‘in the mix’ for 2 veteran QBs

Lovie Smith in profile

Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Houston Texans defensive coordinator Lovie Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans have two of the first 13 picks in the NFL Draft, but they are not expected to target a quarterback. That could mean they have genuine confidence in Davis Mills, but they are reportedly keeping tabs on a couple of veterans as well.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported on Thursday that he believes the Texans will be “in the mix” for Jimmy Garoppolo and Baker Mayfield. While no trade appears imminent for either quarterback, that could change in a hurry depending on how the draft shakes out.

As Howe mentioned, the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks are two other teams that might have interest in Garoppolo and/or Mayfield.

It is no guarantee that the San Francisco 49ers will trade Garoppolo. They have reportedly been stumped by the lack of interest in him, and one line of thinking is that they will give him a chance to compete for the starting job again this offseason. Garoppolo is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, which has complicated his trade market.

Mayfield has had a less successful NFL career than Garoppolo, but you could make the argument that he has more upside. The 27-year-old has never been given a shot outside of Cleveland. At least one team appears to have legitimate interest in trading for him pending the outcome of the first round of the draft.

AFC team looking to make huge splash early in draft?

Roger Goodell at a press conference

Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans are in a great position to land multiple impact players in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, but they may not be satisfied with two picks in the top 13.

The Texans currently hold the No. 3 and No. 13 overall picks. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, they have been exploring ways to trade up from No. 13 to have two picks in the top 10.

There is usually a steep price associated with moving into the top 10. The Texans would likely have to trade their 13th overall pick and another premium pick to make such a move. If they have their eye on a specific player, they will probably wait until the draft is underway to make any final decisions.

A previous report indicated the Texans could make a surprising pick at No. 3, so perhaps that has something to do with their ambitious plans.

Texans could make ‘surprise’ draft pick at No. 3?

Lovie Smith in profile

Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Houston Texans defensive coordinator Lovie Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans have two picks in the top 13 of the NFL Draft this year, which gives them a great deal of flexibility. Assuming they do not trade back, no one seems to really know which position they might target with the first of their two selections.

The Texans are scheduled to pick at No. 3 overall and No. 13 overall. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Tuesday that they are not expected to trade back, but they could surprise some people with their selection. Defensive back is one area of need for Houston, and Rapoport thinks cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. is a name to watch.

“Considering his talents, it does not seem like (third overall) would be too early,” Rapoport said. “He’d fit perfectly into Lovie Smith’s scheme. This is one to watch. The Texans could do literally anything.”

Stingley is one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. He had six interceptions in a huge freshman season at LSU in 2019. He had trouble staying on the field after that. Stingley missed three games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and did not play well, but LSU had a bad year overall. He then suffered a Lisfranc injury last September and underwent season-ending surgery.

One draft analyst recently said Stingley’s stock is rapidly on the rise. If the Texans have interest in him at No. 3, that would help explain why.

1 AFC team reportedly in the lead for Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel warms up

Aug 29, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) before the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Deebo Samuel has asked the San Francisco 49ers to trade him, and it remains to be seen if the request will be fulfilled. If the Niners do explore potential deals for their star receiver, there is at least one AFC team to keep an eye on.

Tim Kawakami of The Athletic views the Houston Texans as the possible “leading candidate” to land Samuel if the Pro Bowler is traded. The Texans currently have two first-round picks — No. 3 and No. 13. They are unlikely to deal the third overall pick, but Kawakami believes they might be willing to include the 13th pick in a deal for Samuel.

The New York Jets are another team to watch, which is a given at this point. It is no secret that they have been trying to land a top wide receiver this offseason. Samuel also has connections to New York’s coaching staff. Head coach Robert Saleh used to be the defensive coordinator in San Francisco, and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur is a former Niners wide receivers coach.

Samuel will want a contract extension from his new team if he is traded. It is worth noting that there have been reports that rival teams do not believe the 49ers will part with Samuel.

While he has made it clear he wants a new deal, there is at least one other reason Samuel has requested a trade.