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Emergency hearings coming Friday in Deshaun Watson cases

The Deshaun Watson civil cases will have their first hearings on Friday. Via Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com, a pair of hearings will be held tomorrow morning on the question of whether the 20 women suing Watson anonymously must disclose their identities. One will occur at 8:45 a.m. ET and the other will happen at noon [more]

Texans have DeMarcus Walker in for visit

The Texans added Jaleel Johnson to the roster on Wednesday and they met with another possible addition to their defensive line on Thursday. According to multiple reports, they had former Bronco DeMarcus Walker in for a visit. Denver made Walker a 2017 second-round pick and he spent the last four seasons with the team. He [more]

Texans hire Ben Bolling as a defensive assistant

The Texans have hired Ben Bolling as a defensive assistant, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Bolling, 27, begins his NFL career after most recently serving as Campbell University’s receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He previously was a safeties coach, defensive quality control coach, co-special teams coordinator and assistant strength and conditioning coach at [more]

Lovie Smith: I think our defensive system is better suited for the NFL

As the Texans prepare for their first season under head coach David Culley, the club is also preparing to implement a new defensive system under coordinator Lovie Smith. The former head coach of the Bears and Buccaneers was fired in December after a five-year tenure with Illinois. But Smith is now back at the professional [more]

Deshaun Watson files his first court document in pending assault cases

The Deshaun Watson litigation continues. For the first time, Watson has filed paperwork in support of his position. Attorney Rusty Hardin has filed a motion to strike the complaint filed by one of his 22 accusers, with a requirement that the case be refiled in her real name. Along with the eight-page filing, Hardin released [more]

Teddy Bridgewater betting odds emerge

We asked for it, we got it. Now go bet it. The folks at PointsBet, at our request during PFT Live, put together odds for the next destination of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The Panthers are the favorite at +150, followed by the Broncos at +250, the Texans at +350, the Steelers at +600, the Raiders [more]

Panthers announce deal with A.J. Bouye

The Panthers have made it official: They agreed to terms with cornerback A.J. Bouye. The team previously signed Rashaan Melvin in free agency, leaving defensive tackle as the one glaring need on the defense. “What we wanted to do going into this draft, through free agency, through this trade with Sam [Darnold], was to just [more]

Report: Panthers finalizing deal with A.J. Bouye

Cornerback A.J. Bouye made free agent visits to the Raiders and the Bengals last month but left both places without a deal. He is nearing one now. Mike Klis of 9News reports the Panthers are finalizing a deal to sign Bouye. Bouye, 29, became a free agent Feb. 10 when the Broncos cut him. He [more]

Texans signing Jaleel Johnson

The Texans withdrew the tender from restricted free agent P.J. Hall on Wednesday. The reason has become clear: Houston is signing free agent defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Texans had Johnson and offensive lineman Lane Taylor in town for visits. Minnesota made Johnson a fourth-round choice in 2017, [more]

More sponsors part ways with Deshaun Watson

The fallout from Tuesday’s press conference regarding the allegations against Deshaun Watson has been swift and significant. At least four sponsors have suspended or ended their relationship with Watson on Wednesday. It started with Nike suspending but not severing its ties with the Texans quarterback. Reliant Energy, which holds the naming rights to the stadium [more]

A.J. Moore signs restricted free agent tender

The Texans rescinded the restricted free agent tender they gave to defensive tackle P.J. Hall on Wednesday, but they won’t have a chance to do the same with safety A.J. Moore. Wednesday’s transaction report from the NFL shows that Moore has signed his restricted free agent tender. Moore was tendered at the right of first [more]

Texans withdraw qualifying offer to P.J. Hall

The Texans terminated their qualifying offer to defensive lineman P.J. Hall, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The team offered Hall an original-round tender worth $2.183 million on March 16. The Raiders originally made Hall a second-round choice. Las Vegas traded Hall to the Vikings last August, but Minnesota waived him with a failed [more]

Reliant Energy will not continue working with Deshaun Watson as brand ambassador

Nike suspended its endorsement deal with Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in light of the sexual assault lawsuits that have been filed against him and other corporations are also moving to distance themselves from Watson. Reliant Energy released a statement on Wednesday saying that Watson will no longer be a brand ambassador for the company. NRG [more]

Cowboys signing Bryan Anger

The Cowboys are adding another member to their special teams unit. NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reports Dallas is signing former Texans punter Bryan Anger to a one-year deal. Anger spent the last two seasons with the Texans, averaging 46.4 yards per punt in 2020. With four years in Jacksonville, three in Tampa Bay, and two [more]

NFL should place Deshaun Watson on Commissioner Exempt list

The NFL first devised the concept of paid leave as a device for getting controversial players off the field at a time when games are being played. In the offseason, the league generally if not exclusively has avoided using the Commissioner Exempt list, since there are no football activities from which to bar a player. [more]

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