AFC Notes: Jaguars, Texans, Titans

     

Jaguars

  • Per Jacksonville.com’s Eugene Frenette, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell says they wanted to get a good look at UDFA RB James Robinson in camp and that played a role in the timing of their decision to cut RB Leonard Fournette.

Texans

A lot of NFL players have taken the hard road to get where they are and Texans QB Deshaun Watson is no different. He grew up with his family in a government housing project until they were gifted a house as a part of former Falcons star Warrick Dunn‘s charity efforts with Habitat For Humanity. But Watson, who has the address of that project tattooed on his body, has never forgotten where he came from, which made it extra-meaningful when he signed a deal for $39 million a year that will change his family’s fortunes for generations. 

“I’m lost for words, honestly. Been crying a little bit, a lot of bit, really. It’s just an amazing moment for me,” Watson said via NFL Media’s Kevin Patra. “The money is amazing. It’s life-changing. It’s great. But the biggest thing is for the (organization) to just trust in me and believe in me that I’m their guy, I’m their quarterback is the biggest thing that really touches me.”

  • Aaron Wilson reports that Texans CB Phillip Gaines is improving following ankle surgery and has a positive outlook for his return.
  • Wilson also mentions that the team is expected to re-sign LS Jon Weeks and T Brent Qvale to the one-year contracts they initially signed during the offseason.
  • According to Wilson, the large contract extension signed by franchise QB Deshaun Watson includes a no-trade clause.

Titans

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer says DE Jadeveon Clowney‘s market crystallized at about $10-$12 million per year in the past week. He had offers of around $15 million in base value earlier, but from teams he wasn’t excited about playing for. 
  • Ultimately, Clowney’s familiarity with Titans HC Mike Vrabel, who was his position coach when both were with the Texans, played a major role in his decision to choose Tennessee. 
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