AFC South Rumors: Colts, Jaguars, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

Despite a massive amount of cap space and a team on the rise, the Colts are not expected to pursue either WR Antonio Brown or RB Le’Veon Bell as they prioritize culture, not just talent.  

“I think we’re a team on the rise, and I think the reason is we got the right players in that locker room,” Colts HC Frank Reich said via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “That culture starts with the guys in that locker room. It’s not open to just anybody. That locker room is not just open to any great player. You gotta be the right guy, the right player, you gotta wanna join the other players on this team on the mission that we’re on, to get to the top of the mountain.”

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer thinks the Colts are an elite pass rusher, No. 1 corner and another top receiver away from contending for a Super Bowl.  
  • Breer adds that the Colts could have the answer to two of those positions on the roster, with former second-round CB Quincy Wilson and 2018 sixth-round WR Deon Cain returning from injury. 

Jaguars

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said the team is not going to trade CB Jalen Ramsey this offseason since he would be “hard to replace“.

We’re not going to trade Jalen,” Caldwell said, via ProFootballTalk. “When you have a player that’s one of the top at his position, it’s hard to replace that player.

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer considers Jacksonville to be the best landing spot for QB Nick Foles.  
  • By picking up DL Calais Campbell‘s option and restructuring, rather than cutting, DT Marcel Dareus, Breer believes the Jaguars are still trying to compete in 2019. 
  • Foles also worked with Jaguars OC John DeFilippo in Philadelphia in 2017.  
  • Breer says he’s heard Jacksonville didn’t try to trade for Foles because they felt no one else was serious about trading for him under the franchise tag. 

Texans

  • Texans GM Brian Gaine says he plans to discuss new deals with agents for DE Jadeveon Clowney, S Tyrann Mathieu and DB Kareem Jackson this week, calling them all “valuable guys” (Aaron Wilson)  
  • The Texans are hoping Seantrel Henderson can be the team’s starting right tackle in 2019.  (Wilson)
  • Gaine is optimistic about a positive return from injury for RB D’Onta Foreman. (Wilson)
  • Gaine added the team sees RB Lamar Miller as its starter for 2019. (Wilson)
  • Houston expects second-year OL Martinas Rankin to compete for a starting job.  (Wilson)
  • The Texans will be “selectively aggressive” in free agency according to Gaine, but the top priority is retaining their own free agents and focusing on draft and development.  (Sarah Barshop)
  • Houston is also confident in its receiving corps, including WR Will Fuller who Gaine expects will make a “full return to health.”  (Barshop)
  • Mark Berman thinks the Texans will eventually release CB Kevin Johnson after Gaine was noncommittal on his future: “Kevin’s had some tough luck the last few years…We’re still rounding out some roster decisions…We’re hopeful he can be a part of the future.”
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer thinks the Texans will use the franchise tag on Clowney.  
  • Ohio State RB Mike Weber said he’s meeting with the Texans.  (Aaron Wilson)
  • Oklahoma OL Cody Ford will meet with the Texans Thursday night. (Wilson)
  • The Texans have a formal meeting with West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Washington State OT Andre Dillard met with the Texans at the Senior Bowl. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Wisconsin OT David Edwards has a formal meeting with the Texans. (Aaron Wilson)

Titans

The Titans expect QB Marcus Mariota to be healthy when they begin their offseason program in April, as he recovers from nerve injuries suffered over the course of 2018.  

“I know that he’s ready to get back at it,” Titans HC Mike Vrabel said via Jim Wyatt of the team website. “Just having the conversations, and the text messages that we’ve had, and checking it with him. And he checks in on us, so it’s been good.  I think he’s been seen by some doctors and I would anticipate him being ready to go when we get back here in April.”

  • Notre Dame OL Alex Bars said he met with the Titans on Wednesday. (Jim Wyatt)

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