AFC South Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans

     

Colts

  • NBC Sports’ Peter King writes that Tom Brady‘s camp had interest in the Colts, but Indianapolis seemed to be set on signing QB Philip Rivers to a shorter deal.
  • Both signed for similar salaries, but Brady wanted two years guaranteed, which ruled him out for Indianapolis. 

Jaguars

  • The Athletic’s Greg Auman lists the Jaguars as one of the potential landing spots for former Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston as a backup and potential alternative if 2019 sixth-round QB Gardner Minshew falters. 

Texans

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer presents the Texans’ side of the trade that sent WR DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for just a second-round pick and RB David Johnson, saying Hopkins’ desire for a raise to more than $20 million for the remaining three years on his deal was a key factor. 
  • Breer says Houston was also unhappy with Hopkins’ practice habits and how they influenced some of his teammates. Giving Hopkins a new deal and implicitly rewarding those would run counter to the culture new EVP Jack Easterby is trying to help Texans HC Bill O’Brien instill.
  • Pending market-rate contracts for QB Deshaun Watson and OT Laremy Tunsil, along with potential new deals for LB Zach Cunningham and WR Will Fuller, also played a role, along with how the team valued a No. 1 receiver compared to other positions in terms of importance toward winning. 
  • Johnson had $2.1 million of his 2021 base salary become fully guaranteed Friday. (Mike Garafolo)
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