Texans Not Contenders Yet, But Schaub Trade Means They Finally May Have Gotten It Right at Quarterback

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup

Houston Texans

Players Released:
Eric Moulds, WR
Seth Payne, DT
Zach Wiegert, T
David Carr, QB
Domanick Williams, RB

Free Agents Lost:
Antwan Peek, LB
Lewis Sanders, CB
Michael Stone, DB

Traded For:
Matt Schaub, QB

Free Agents Re-Signed:
Charlie Adams, WR
Chad Stanley, P
Ephraim Salaam, T
Mark Bruener, TE
Ron Dayne, RB
Dexter McCleon, CB

Free Agents Added:
Ahman Green, RB
Danny Clark, LB
Jordan Black, T
Jeff Zgonina, DT
Shawn Barber, LB
Jamar Fletcher, CB

Rd. 1 (No. 10 overall) Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville
3 (73) Jacoby Jones, WR, Lane
4 (123) Fred Bennett, CB, South Carolina
5 (144) Brandon Harrison, S, Stanford
5 (163) Brandon Frye, T, Virginia Tech
6 (183) Kasey Studdard, G, Texas
7 (218) Zach Diles, LB, Kansas State


Five seasons and 249 sacks after making him the top overall selection in the draft, the Houston Texans finally gave up on quarterback David Carr and started over.

The Texans released Carr after trading for Atlanta Falcons backup Matt Schaub and signing him to a six-year, $48 million contract to be their new starting quarterback. This doesn't need to be a back-to-square-one deal, however. Schaub has been in the league for three seasons and might be ready to be productive immediately, especially while playing for an offensive-minded coach like Gary Kubiak. The Texans signed free agent tailback Ahman Green to give Schaub a running threat as a complement. Green just turned 30, usually the wrong time to add a running back, and hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2003. But he did top 1,000 rushing yards in six of his seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Kubiak and General Manager Rick Smith landed some potentially useful veterans in free agency in linebackers Shawn Barber and Danny Clark, defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina, cornerback Jamar Fletcher and offensive tackle Jordan Black. There was no huge draft-day blunder for the franchise this time around, like taking Mario Williams over Reggie Bush and Vince Young the previous year. The Texans got lucky and took Amobi Okoye when the Louisville defensive tackle remained available for the 10th overall pick. He became, at 19, the youngest player ever drafted, but some talent evaluators regarded him as the best defensive player available. He and Williams become building blocks on the defensive line.

This isn't a quick turnaround, and the Texans don't resemble playoff contenders yet. But if they've finally gotten things right at quarterback, and the odds seem pretty good that they have, the franchise at last may be headed in the right direction.

By Mark Maske |  May 15, 2007; 4:28 PM ET  | Category:  Texans
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