After more than a week of free agency, the Houston Texans roster looks very different in many places. It's not quite finished yet, but it's further along than it was this time last year.
Remember, though, it was about this time that Houston signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last year. And they added key pieces to their defense even later. Roster-building doesn't stop after the first week of free agency.
Let's take a look at where the Texans offensive roster stands now.
Though Hoyer's two-year deal ($10.5 million with $4.75 guaranteed) is more lucrative than Mallett's ($7 million, $1.5 million guaranteed), they'll begin their competition on equal footing. Savage, a fourth-round draft pick in 2014, remains in a developmental role.
This group has had no major renovation, though with Foster set to turn 29 this season, it's time for a succession plan at running back.
A seismic shift here after the Texans parted ways with Andre Johnson, who was with the Texans from 2003 until earlier this month. The Texans added Shorts on a bargain, two-year deal worth $6 million. He's had some injury issues, but if he can stay healthy, he'll be a nice, talented piece for the Texans. I'm still expecting Houston to add a receiver in the draft. It's deep enough that there's quality in the second round, too.
Their production last season didn't match what the Texans would have liked, and they know it. I spoke with Graham about this a few weeks ago and have a blog coming soon about that very subject. No additions here so far.
Change came to this group with the release of veteran center Chris Myers, whose age and salary made him a cap casualty. The Texans saved $6 million in cap space by releasing Myers, who had one year left on his contract. Right tackle has been a question mark in the past for the Texans, but they showed their faith in Newton by signing him to a five-year deal worth $26.5 million, with $10 million guaranteed.