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By Marc Lawrence — ESPN senior NFL writer Bill Barnwell insists Houston continues to dig themselves two feet deeper in the hole with every move they make. Yes, recently acquired WR Brandon Cooks is likely to be a better wideout over the next several years than whomever the Texans would have drafted in the second round, says Barnwell. The Texans giving up a second-round pick to acquire a wide receiver in this market doesn’t make much sense. It’s even worse when you consider just how much they need to invest on the defensive side of the ball, how much is coming due to QB Deshaun Watson and OT Laremy Tunsil, and what precious little draft capital they have left. The Texans will pay WR Randall Cobb and Cooks $38.7 million over the next two seasons, or an average of $19.4 million per year. Former Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins reportedly wanted a contract extension worth between $18 million and $20 million per season. The player talent and the dollars simply don’t add up. Read more on this observation here.
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The three biggest names still remaining on the NFL Free Agent market are QBs Cam Newton and Jameis Winston, along with DE Jadeveon Clowney. If you are wondering why they are still looking for a new team, consider that Clowney and Newton have recently spent a good portion of the their career on the disabled list, while Winston is a human-pick-machine. Toss in the fact that Newton is riding an 8-game losing skid and suddenly you can understand most teams’ lack of affection for any of the three.
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From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: With new Florida Atlantic head coach Willie Taggart taking over the reins for the Owls this season it bears noting that his last three teams (Florida State in 2019 and 2018, Oregon in 2016) have finished No. 129, 129, and 126 in Most Penalties. Considering that FAU ranked No. 116 in Most Penalties last year, he’ll fit like a glove.
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