INDIANAPOLIS IN - DECEMBER 19: Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars holds up the football after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 19 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana. The Colts defeated the Jaguars 34-24. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Texans Rumors: Sims-Walker Headed To Houston?

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Mike Sims-Walker A Possible Texan? John McClain Thinks Not

Per FoxSports.com’s Charlie Bernstein, the Texans and Rams both contacted Jaguars free-agent-to-be Mike Sims-Walker about possibly plying his trade in a new city next year. Sims-Walker would be an interesting target for the Texans. In theory, he’d be an upgrade over Jacoby Jones, but he’s been suspended for tardiness and has a bit of an injury history as well. In other words, he has pretty much the exact same flaws that Jones has, plus some ability to actually catch the ball.

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, on the other hand, doesn’t think this will happen. In fact, not only did he get a rejection from his sources, but a rejection along the lines of “they won’t have interest in him when he’s available.”

McClain further points out that the Texans want to keep Jacoby Jones. That’s all well and good, but unless the new collective bargaining agreement keeps free agency as it was last year, Jones will be an unrestricted free agent and able to go wherever he wants. Jones has all the physical talent in the world, but the Texans can’t seriously be handing out sweetheart contracts to him and Owen Daniels in the same offseason when the defense is in shambles, can they?

Look for the Texans to try to retain Jones, but ultimately I think they will be working with a new wide receiver next year. Perhaps a draftee, like McClain suggests, or perhaps not. Sims-Walker isn’t the only free agent receiver out there that would be an upgrade on Jones. While it’s not likely the Texans will go out and sign a top receiver in this class like Santonio Holmes, Steve Smith and Lance Moore could be names to remember.

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Report: Redskins Will Meet With Ex-Texans WR Andre Davis

According to Mark Berman of MyFOXHouston, newly cut Texans receiver Andre Davis is making a visit to the Washington Redskins in advance of the lockout, which is expected to occur on Friday.

Davis was placed in IR during the preseason last year, and didn’t play a snap with the team. He filled in nicely for Andre Johnson during the 2007 season, earning himself a nice contract, but once Johnson was healthy Davis’ only real role was returning kicks. He did that very well in 2008, and very poorly in 2009.

Cutting Davis and safety Eugene Wilson saved the Texans roughly $8.25 million against next year’s salary cap.

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Report: Texans Negotiating With Vonta Leach, Other Possible Free Agents

John McClain is reporting that the Texans have opened up talks with their free-agents-to-be, most notably Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach. Texans GM Rick Smith and Leach’s agent Ralph Vitolo reportedly exchanged figures at the NFL combine this week.

Time is not on the Texans side here: they have roughly 48 hours before March 3 strikes and the new league year goes into effect, and with that new year, likely a lockout as well. McClain mentions that the Texans are exchanging figures with quite a few of their players who could hit free agency as well, but doesn’t go into who else, specifically, the Texans might be looking to sign by Friday.

Leach is in line for a pretty good chunk of change after having a big bounceback from his sub-par 2009 season. The Texans do have to be a little careful though, as fullbacks aren’t exactly noted for their longevity, and Leach is already 29. That probably portends one of those “long-term deals” in NFL parlance that actually have a decent chunk of change in the signing bonus and a large roster bonus after Year 1 or 2 that the player will be released before he gets handed.

Assuming the return of a salary cap, the Texans will have roughly $30 million to work with this offseason.

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Report: Ex-Cougar, Texans Target Hunt To Sign With Eagles

The Texans brought in ex-UH defensive lineman Phillip Hunt for a workout recently, but FoxSports.com’s Adam Caplan, who has been covering the story from every angle, is now reporting that the CFL sackmaster will instead sign a three-year-deal with the Eagles. Assuming, of course, he passes his physical.

Hunt who led the CFL with 16 sacks last season, was probably being targeted by the Texans as a situational pass rusher at outside linebacker in their new 3-4 scheme. The success of Cameron Wake had a few fans quite excited about the possibility of bringing the ex-Cougar back to Houston, but instead the Texans will have to look at other solutions to their defensive depth.

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Texans Rumors: Texans Interested In Ex-Cougar, CFL Star Hunt

FoxSports.com's Adam Caplan is reporting that the Texans have thrown their hat into the chase for ex-UH defensive end Phillip Hunt. The team brought him in for a workout on December 28th, probably with visions that he had a chance to become their own version of Cameron Wake

Hunt, who posted 19 sacks over the past two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, went unselected in the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed with the Browns a few days after the draft but was waived during the preseason. He signed with the Blue Bombers in September of that year. He was the CFL's top pass rusher this past season with 16 sacks.

The Texans are shifting to a 3-4 defensive scheme this coming season. While Hunt played with his hand down in Winnipeg's 4-3 defensive scheme, he did have limited experience in the 3-4 during his time with the Browns.

A pro personnel source told FOXSports.com that Hunt would fit in as a situational pass rusher in the NFL for about 10-20 plays per game.

It would certainly be an interesting fit for the Texans, who would probably wind up using him as an outside linebacker in Wade Phillips' new 3-4 scheme. If Hunt is anywhere near Wake's prowess in the Texans' eyes, the team could possibly sign him and let he and Connor Barwin duke it out for the spot as a premiere pass-rushing end. Even if the team sees him as more of a situational rusher, that could still be pretty handy for a team that is transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and might not have the right players for the scheme at every spot.

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