Here are your daily Texans stories for Thursday:
Five moves Houston should make by Sean Pendergast, Houston Press
"Sometimes the hardest part of completing a to-do list is assembling it in the first place. Once it’s been outlined, then there ain’t nothin’ left to do but to get her done! So from that standpoint, Houston Texans, when it comes to this 2016 offseason, I’m about to do the hard part for you. I am going to put your to-do list together!Isn’t that nice of me?!?The NFL’s offseason consists of a handful of phases — beginning with salary cap cuts, continuing into free agency and culminating with the draft. Once the Super Bowl was finished a couple of Sundays ago, we officially kicked off Phase One (salary shedding/adjusting) with a keen eye on Phase Two (free agency!). With that in mind, and stealing shamelessly from ESPN.com’s Bill Barnwell, who posted entries for all of the NFC East and AFC East teams yesterday, here are the five moves I would prioritize for the Houston Texans as the offseason gets under way:"
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Bill Barnwell’s AFC South breakdown by Bill Barnwell, ESPN
"1. Restructure or move on from Arian Foster. It hurts for the Texans to move on from a player who was such a huge part of their success the past few seasons, but Foster was already struggling to live up to his contract before he tore his Achilles the past season. It’s hard to imagine him returning as the player he once was, and with the fourth-largest cap hit of any running back in football, it’s hard to see him returning to Houston on his current salary. The Texans could save $6.6 million on their 2016 cap by letting Foster go; an alternative might be to give him an extension at a much lower annual rate."
Reaction to Barnwell by Tania Ganguli, ESPN
"Bill Barnwell’s trip around the NFL with five moves each team should make stopped in the AFC South on Wednesday. Let’s break down his suggestions for the Houston Texans:"
Cushing ready for 2016 by Deepi Sidhu, Houstontexans.com
"“This is the healthiest I’ve been in a long time, even last year,” Cushing said to Texans TV. “Coming off a full year, playing and really feeling no ailments or anything is very exciting. So I’m ramping it up pretty quickly. There’s not as long of a healing period but just going after it and staying healthy and continuing to improve.”"