Ian Rapoport reports that the Texans will now move forward with Tom Savage as their quarterback and likely draft one this year following the news that Tony Romo will retire from the NFL and take a broadcasting job.
The news of Romo’s retirement would seem to help some free agents such as Jay Cutler or Colin Kaepernick, given that they’re the best available options right now. However, Aaron Wilson reports that the Texans haven’t displayed any interest in Cutler at this point, and he isn’t sure that they will change with the Romo news.
The Texans have been linked to Romo for months now, but they weren’t willing to part with draft compensation for him and it appears as though Romo prefers to walk away instead of joining a new team.
Houston managed to get out from under the Brock Osweiler contract when the shipped a second-round pick to the Browns last month.
This gives them a lot of freedom to draft a quarterback prospect to develop this year while getting an opportunity to see what Savage can do.
Savage, 26, is a former fourth-round pick of the Texans back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $2.52 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $600,000 for the 2016 season.
This year, Savage has appeared in three games and thrown for 461 yards while completing 46-of-73 pass attempts (63 percent) to go along with no touchdowns or interceptions.
We’ll have more regarding the Texans’ quarterback options as the news is available.