Day one of free agency didn't feature any big moves by the Houston Texans, but it was an active day nonetheless. I'm still expecting changes through free agency, but more so after the initial craziness subsides.
Let's relive it, shall we?
At some point in the day, former Texans receiver Andre Johnson (wow, that was weird to type) got on a plane and flew to Indianapolis with Frank Gore. Gore has already reached an agreement with the Colts. Johnson could follow soon, replacing his old friend Reggie Wayne, who was released by the Colts not long ago. Remember, Chuck Pagano recruited Johnson to Miami. Remember, too, that Johnson might say out loud that he has no ill will toward the Texans, but I'd bet he'd love the opportunity to see the Texans twice a year. The news sent some Texans fans into various states of panic.
D.J. Swearinger's pit bull bit Jadeveon Clowney on the arm last week. The news came to light from Sports Radio 610 this morning, and I put in a couple of calls to see how big a deal this was. According to the Pearland Police Department, the injuries to Clowney were minor. A source close to Clowney corroborated that. Because it was a dog bite, though, Clowney did go to the hospital and per state law, the hospital had to call authorities to report the bite. Swearinger's dog's rabies shot is up to date until April, so Clowney is in the clear there, but they recommended a home quarantine of the dog. Would this be a story if these weren't the two players involved? Probably not. It'll have no impact on Clowney's football playing, and is far less important than updates on his knee recovery, which we last got at the combine.
Inside linebacker Bruce Carter is set to visit the Texans this week. He got to Tampa on Tuesday for a visit with the Buccaneers, so there's always a possibility he remains there. Carter has been a 4-3 outside linebacker recently, but before that played in a 3-4 system for the Cowboys in his first two seasons.
The Brian Hoyer saga continued, with our Adams -- Caplan and Schefter -- reporting that after communicating with the Jets, Hoyer had decided to sign with the Texans. Hoyer's camp has insisted since then that his decision has not yet been made, but I'm willing to bet that has a lot to do with the league scolding teams not to complete deals before Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT, when the new league year opened. Hoyer came to Houston Tuesday night and a deal should be signed soon.
The Texans extended inside linebacker Jeff Tarpinian, who was acquired during the 2013 season. He's made three starts for the Texans, tallying 31 tackles, one batted pass and half a sack. Tarpinian was a restricted free agent.
The Texans tendered Case Keenum and then traded him to the St. Louis Rams for a 2016 seventh-round pick, Schefter reported. Incidentally, because of Mallett's injury, a 2016 seventh-rounder was all the Texans had to give up to the Patriots for Mallett. Now they get it back, and likely at a higher spot. I'm impressed the Texans got a return for Keenum, who they signed off the Rams' practice squad last season. The Texans do have a history lately of getting more than one might expect for quarterbacks.