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Matt Leinart's NFL free fall continues.
The Houston Texans will officially part ways with the former USC quarterback on Tuesday, ending a disappointing two-year career that saw him play in only two games there.
The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, who was released by the Arizona Cardinals at the end of the 2010 preseason, made his first appearance for Houston in Week 10 last season in relief of an injured Matt Schaub. Leinart was named the starter when Schaub was diagnosed with a season-ending foot fracture during the Texans' bye week. But his career as a No. 1 didn't last very long -- Leinart injured his shoulder in the Week 12 game against Jacksonville on Nov. 27 and was out for the year.
That opened the door for promising rookie T.J. Yates, who started the final six games for the Texans, completing 61 percent of his passes with three touchdowns, three interceptions and four fumbles. Yates became the Texans' third starting quarterback in three games last season, but now appears to be a solid No. 2 behind Schaub.
The Texans are sticking with Schaub in 2012, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday, and will not pursue free agent Peyton Manning.
Leinart, 28, was the 10th overall pick of the Cardinals in the 2006 NFL Draft and was tabbed to be the franchise's starter. But he lost his job to veteran Kurt Warner in Arizona because of inconsistent play.
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The Houston Texans released backup quarterback Matt Leinart on Monday."I appreciate and thank (Texans owner) Mr (Bob) McNair and the Texans organization for giving me the opportunity to play," the former Heisman Trophy winner wrote on his Twitter account. "I will miss the Texans fans and most Importantly my teammates. I have no time to get down, focus is on getting...
The most sought after defensive free agent on the market is in Buffalo being wooed by the Bills, and if they get their way, he won't be leaving town until he signs a deal.
A person familiar with discussions has confirmed that star pass-rushing defensive end Mario Williams will visit with the Bills in Buffalo on the first day of NFL free agency.
ESPN first reported Williams' scheduled visit with Buffalo earlier on Tuesday.
The Associated Press learned of the visit from a person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing...
There is an asterisk attached to the surprising release of long-time Houston Texans right tackle Eric Winston.
A source told FOXSports.com that Winston was listed under the "waived/failed physical" designation by the Texans when cut. Winston, though, told FOXSports.com that the billing stems from his having undergone arthroscopic ankle surgery in February.
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Home to one of the top-tier offensive lines in the league, the cap-strapped Houston Texans made an alarming decision to release right tackle Eric Winston on Monday evening.
ProFootballTalk.com noted a week ago that his $5.5 million base salary made him a candidate to be asked to take a pay cut or restructure his contract, but the team’s verdict to cut him just before the start...
Maybe you missed the news this week that Matt Leinart was released from the Houston Texans, making him a free agent with a career 8-10 record. If this really is the end of the road he walks away with $23,260,000 in career earnings. Makes us wonder why he’d waste time in March throwing with Carson Palmer and Matt Barkley while there are cold beverages waiting at the bar. Why bother...
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The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans’ plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.
In this profile we look at N.C. State wide receiver T.J. Graham, and at...
HOUSTON For a season, the screeching ceased.
Free agent defensive backs Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning helped set the foundation for a resounding defensive turnaround, and so, too, did rookie end J.J. Watt and rookie linebacker Brooks Reed. After enduring years of skepticism over his personnel evaluation acumen, Texans general manager Rick Smith ably silenced his staunchest...
Hot News for DE Mario Williams
Mario Williams is undoubtedly one of the NFL's premier pass rushers, which would make him an intriguing option for the Patriots, who would love to add some help in that department. However, Williams is reportedly visiting an AFC East rival just hours after hitting the open market. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end will meet with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday night, according...
Well its almost here folks. NFL Free Agency.
The names are starting to trickle in aren't they?
We've just learned Houston Texans offensive tackle Eric Winston is a casualty.
He just announced on Twitter that the team has released him.
Winston had two years and $11 million remaining on his contract, which included base salaries of $5.5 million in each of the next...