Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/20/13
The Houston Texans started out the 2012 NFL season with such promise and dominance, quickly becoming the darlings of the NFL. Houston started out of the gates fast, quickly racking up an 11-1 record on the way to becoming the odds on favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. All the momentum the Texans were riding changed for the worse when the New England Patriots handed them a 42-14 dismantling on Monday Night Football. It was a loss that exposed a lot of issues the Texans will need to address this off season, an example being a lack of a consistent pass rusher not named J.J. Watt. It was only fitting that the Houston Texans season was ended by the Patriots in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs only a few weeks later. Houston has some interesting story lines developing this off season not only with the draft, but also with free agency. As of today, the Texans will be a team that will not be making a big splash in free agency, outside of signing some of their own free agents. The team simply does not have the cap room to go out and get the "A List" free agent signing. What the Texans will have to do is a mix of resigning their own free agents, drafting capable replacements, and grabbing smaller name free agents to provide depth. The Houston Texans will address their most pressing needs in the NFL Draft. However, here are five names that should be on the Texans' radar come March 12th when free agency begins.
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