Texans’ Barwin, Ball, Forsett Linked With Other Teams


Oct 21, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin (98) walks off the field against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Day two of free agency came and went with the Texans staying pretty quiet.  Amongst any news that did break, the possibility of Ed Reed signing with the team after a visit was scheduled for Thursday, is perhaps the only thing Texans fans can look towards at the moment as a slight bit of condolence for the early exit of safety Glover Quin to Detroit.

Lost in the middle of all the chatter and worry about the secondary though, was three of the Texans’ other free agents. According to Adam Caplan and Jason La Canfora on Twitter, cornerback Alan Ball and linebacker Connor Barwin have arranged meetings with other teams.

Ball has been shown interest by the Jacksonville Jaguars, marking the teams first official move in free agency – as well as new head coach Gus Bradley’s first official interview of the Jaguars long and probably expensive rebuilding process.

Barwin continues to draw interest from the Philadelphia Eagles. If you ask me the Texans should be desperate to hold onto him, but the Eagles are focused on rebuilding their defense, and Barwin comes cheap compared to others. According to Rotoworld the Eagles are also looking at Victor Butler, but Barwin offers more game time experience and can transition to Chip Kelly’s new 3-4 scheme well.

As for Justin Forsett, he released his own headlines, stating that he too will have an interview with the Jaguars. Whether or not he sits next to Alan Ball on the plane is one thing to watch, but reuniting him with Gus Bradley after their time together in Seattle could work well. The Jaguars probably like him as a back up to Maurice Jones-Drew, so it’s likely we see Forsett in the kick return game if he does go south.

We now prepare for Ed Reed’s visit. If he walks away from Houston with nothing, it’s likely his next stop will be the San Francisco 49ers.

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