Training Camp 2008: Bring It On
it's like Christmas in July. Texans players and fans, all snug in
the beds last night, awoke this morning to find that not only will
football season begin for realz this morning, but that first round
pick Duane Brown will sign his first pro contract today and will
be joined on the field with wide receiver Andre Johnson for the
I get an amen? Hallelujah!
agreed to a five-year, $11.5 million contract earlier today according
to the Houston Chronicle. I speculated earlier this week
that the guaranteed money Brown will receive in this deal will be
in the neighborhood of $6.3 million.
know I'm stating the obvious in saying that it's a good thing Brown
doesn't miss a moment of practice. (Damn, I sounded like Martha
Stewart there, too.) A rookie left tackle needs all the "Mario
Time" he can get, and believe you me, he's a-gonna get it.
for Johnson, the mood here is relief after news in June that he
was still having concerns with his surgically repaired knee. The
official site reported yesterday that Johnson has been running routes
lately, and he and quarterback Matt Schaub have been playing catch
the past two weeks. Johnson also added that he hasn't had any swelling
since he's been back running again. Awesome.
a busy week for news, so I'll run through a few highlights...
to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Texans were one of
eight teams on a list prepared by the Packers as a possible trading
partner for the services of quarterback Brett Favre. According to
an unconfirmed source though, the Texans told the Packers they were
not interested in a trade.
make room for the draft picks signing this week, the Texans released
four players, including tackle Charles Spencer and converted fullback
Jon Abbate. Spencer didn't go too long without a team, as the Panthers
claimed him off waivers. Abbate, cut for the third time by the Texans,
seems like a candidate to return to Reliant Park if the team needs
to backfill some depth at the position.
Colts signed quarterback Quinn Gray per a report from ProFootballTalk.com,
a transaction I
thought was a strong possibility shortly after the Texans released
Gray in June. No confirmation yet that Gray actually traded in his
playbook before leaving.
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