Texans likely to be thrifty in free agency

Unlike their counterparts in the AFC South, Indianapolis and Jacksonville, the Houston Texans will not be big spenders on the market once free agency begins March 11.

The NFL announced Friday the league’s salary cap for 2014 will be $133 million, which is an increase from $10 million from last season.

The Texans will have about $11 million in cap space. Houston isn’t as fortunate as the Colts and Jaguars, who will have about $41 million and more than $50 million, respectively, to spend on improving their rosters.

The Texans, meanwhile, could lose starters like guard Wade Smith, defensive end Antonio Smith and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell in free agency. They’ve also got to decide what to do with quarterback Matt Schaub, who is scheduled to make $14.1 million next season after losing his starting job last season.

Meanwhile, Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle has a neat story on a Crosby (Texas) High School senior football player who will be going to his prom with a Texans cheerleader.

“Courtesy of more than 10,000 retweets in a little more than 24 hours, [Michael] Ramirez went from just-broken-up status to one of Twitter’s hottest names Friday,” Smith wrote.