While the vaguely worded world of legal tampering allows teams to negotiate but not offer, to express interest but not too much, it’s hard to divine what’s real and what’s fake.
But Texans defensive end Antonio Smith apparently has some real, tangible plane tickets lined up.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Smith has a pair of visits scheduled this week, among the four teams showing interest.
Players can begin visiting (and agreeing to things) on Tuesday.
Smith’s been a durable and productive player for the Texans, missing just one game the last five years and collecting 27.0 sacks. A solid 3-4 end, he could also project as an interior rusher in a 4-3, which gives him a better chance than some veterans in the open market.