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Here are important dates for the 2019 Houston Texans offseason

The Draft, Free Agency, and Franchise Tags

February 08, 2019 - 3:31 pm

In one of the most important off-seasons in Houston Texans franchise history, there are many questions about free agent players, the draft, and looking for key free-agents to improve the team.

Here are important dates as outlined by the NFL that will impact the make-up of the Houston Texans.

Feb. 19: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players:
The biggest name to watch on this day is Jadeveon Clowney, who is a three-time Pro Bowler with 18.5 sacks and 37 tackles for a loss in the last two seasons for the Houston Texans. The Texans will likely franchise tag the pass-rusher and label him as a linebacker vs. a defensive end to save roughly $2 million. 

Feb. 26-March 4: The NFL Combine:
Here are just a few names to look out for as possible targets for the Texans at the NFL Combine.

  • Joejuan Williams - DB Vanderbilt
  • Amani Oruwariye - DB Penn State
  • Jawaan Taylor - OT Florida
  • Andre Dillard - OT Washington State

The Texans will also be looking at other positions while at the combine because of the unknown of free-agency. 

Mar. 5 - 3:00 pm: The deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players. Clowney should be franchise tagged by the Texans.

Mar. 11-13: Teams are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the agents of player who will become unrestricted free agents when their contract expires at 3:00 pm on March 13, 2019.

  • Kareem Jackson   
  • Tyrann Mathieu    
  • Jadeveon Clowney (If not franchise tagged)
  • Kayvon Webster
  • Angelo Blackson
  • Joe Webb
  • Shareece Wright
  • Brian Peters
  • Brandon Weeden
  • Alfred Blue
  • Brandon Dunn
  • Josh Keyes
  • Kendall Lamm
  • Christian Covington

Before to 3:00 pm, teams must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

  • Joel Heath
  • Brennan Scarlett
  • Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Deandre Carter

The 2019 league year, trade period, and free agency period begin at 3:00 pm.

Apr. 15: Teams with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs.

Apr. 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

Apr. 24: Deadline for the prior team to exercise the right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

Apr. 25-27: The NFL Draft from Nashville, Tn.