Early thoughts on the Texans scheduled to become unrestricted free agents come March 13, with thanks to Mac’s Football Blog, where you can find complete team-by-team lists that include exclusive rights and restricted free agents.
Tight end Joel Dreessen -- Though largely underrated from the outside, he’s been a nice contributor and certainly has value for the Texans.
OG Mike Brisiel -- A solid starter they’d surely like to keep in order for their very good offensive line to remain intact.
C Chris Myers -- A very valuable cog in the machine and a great system fit, he may have been the best center in the NFL in 2011.
Wide receiver Bryant Johnson -- He was a non-factor as the team’s fourth receiver and they need to upgrade the spot.
Linebacker Tim Dobbins -- Played well when he got on the field, but may find better opportunity elsewhere.
Outside linebacker/defensive end Mario Williams -- If the Texans can’t lock him up before March 13, he will become the biggest prize of the free-agent class. It would be a huge accomplishment to find a way to re-sign him.
Kicker Neil Rackers -- Rackers has been a steady guy for the Texans, who surely would like to keep him rather than shopping for a replacement.