NFL free agency: Texans reportedly only want Tony Romo if he’s released

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Texans reportedly won’t trade for Tony Romo

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reports that the Texans are playing chicken with the Cowboys over Tony Romo, saying they will go after him only if he is released by Dallas. Houston traded Brock Osweiler and his big contract to the Browns on Thursday, so it kind of needs a quarterback.

Meanwhile …

Romo released an Instagram video in which he thanks Cowboys fans for their support.

However, Dallas sports journalist Mike Fisher says Romo released the video with the understanding that he would be released. On Thursday, however, reports suggested that the Cowboys will not release him, instead trying to find a trade partner.

And don’t forget about Option C:

Kirk Cousins signs his franchise tender

The quarterback is now officially under contract with the Redskins for 2017. The team can now go about figuring out what to do with him. (Read More)

RGIII out in Cleveland?

The quarterback dominoes continue to fall in Cleveland after Thursday’s trade for Brock Osweiler. Griffin, who had a $750,000 roster bonus due Saturday, started five games in his lone Browns season, throwing for two touchdowns and three interceptions. It will be interesting to see if he gets another NFL look.

Holy moly.

Dolphins land Lawrence Timmons

Timmons started every game at inside linebacker for the Steelers over the past six seasons and had a team-leading 114 tackles in 2016. Still, he’s nearly 31, and Pittsburgh decided to go younger and cheaper in his spot.

Terrelle Pryor still looking for a team

Pryor put up career numbers in Cleveland last season and Washington needs wide receivers. Seems like a perfect fit, unless it’s not.

Jimmy Garoppolo says goodbye to New England on Instagram. Maybe.

The lusted-after Patriots backup sent out an early-morning social-media message saying thanks for the memories, but then took it down. It might be a hoax or a prank.

Redskins fire GM Scot McCloughan

After a weird couple of weeks in which Washington seemed to be making personnel decisions without input from its general manager, the Redskins fired McCloughan on Thursday, as expected, with a source telling The Post that it was because of his continuing problems with alcohol. (Read More)

Familiar face rejoins the Panthers

Peppers, who turned 37 in January, started 11 games for the Packers last season. He spent his first eight NFL seasons in Carolina and holds the team’s all-time record for sacks.

His agent confirmed the news.

A Prince of a signing for the Bears

Amukamara started 12 games in his lone season in Jacksonville, which had signed him to just a one-year deal. The Jags did not seem to expect to re-sign him.

Well that was unexpected

Schefter goes on to explain that the move clears cap space for the Texans to try to trade for Tony Romo. Houston also gets Cleveland’s fourth-round pick this year in exchange for their sixth-round pick.

But wait there’s more!

“Cleveland is not committed to keeping Osweiler and is likely to try to trade him, per sources,” Schefter writes on Facebook. “If so, it would turn into a basketball-like trade in which NBA teams routinely trade contracts to get them off their books; only it rarely, if ever, happens in the NFL. It’s hard to remember in the salary-cap era another team when a team traded a contract to get it off its books. But Houston was so anxious to rid itself of Osweiler and move on to its next quarterbacking chapter that it is giving Cleveland extra picks to take him and his contract.”

Jay Cutler and the Jets, a match made in heaven?

SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reports that Jay Cutler doesn’t have many options besides the Jets, even if they would be an imperfect fit. But Cutler does have familiarity with Jeremy Bates, the team’s quarterbacks coach, having worked with him in Denver and Chicago.

Eagles re-up with Wisniewski

Wisniewski, a six-year veteran, started six games for Philadelphia last season and gives the Eagles some good depth on their offensive line (he can play both center and guard).

Calais Campbell to give Jaguars a shot

Considered one of the top free agents available, the former Cardinals defensive end apparently will spurn his hometown Broncos for Jacksonville. Denver, meanwhile, will keep cap space available, possibly for a certain quarterback.

The Browns’ offensive line could be … competent?

Possibly related: The Browns allowed 66 sacks last season, by far the most in the NFL.

Ranking the 50 best available NFL free agents for 2017

Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus says Calais Campbell will be highly coveted. Who else made the list? (Read More)


Robert Griffin III could yet find another NFL life

The now-former Browns quarterback probably isn’t done yet. (Read More)

Mark Maske’s free agency winners and losers

Not fake news: The Browns are in the “winners” section. (Read More)

In Redskins-Scot McCloughan saga, neither side can cry victim

Looking back on it now, it was a pairing that was doomed from the start. (Read More)

Are the 49ers remaking themselves … as the Bears?

San Francisco’s quarterback situation could look a whole lot like Chicago’s last year.

Is Mike Glennon’s new contract a good deal for the Bears or a Brock Osweiler-esque mistake?

The Texans were desperate for a quarterback last season. It didn’t turn out well. (Read More)

With Kirk Cousins contract looming, Redskins may be taking a big gamble at wide receiver

The Redskins’ receiving corps likely is going to look a lot different when the team takes the field in 2017. It also has the potential to be a lot worse. (Read More)

The Jets have a QB problem. Sound familiar?

The league-wide quarterback reshuffling has begun but the Jets appear to be holding no cards. That old chestnut. (Read More)


Could the Browns have dealt for Brock Osweiler with another QB in mind?

Martellus Bennett to Silicon Valley?

Seahawks eyeing Jamaal Charles?

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