HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans in year four of the Bill O’Brien era will have their fourth different opening day starter. While many believed they hoped to have Tony Romo as an option for them provided he was made available, his retirement has forced the Texans to think more about the future at the position and less about the “now” even if they are solid quarterback play away from contending in the AFC.
The Texans seem to be content with Tom Savage as their starting quarterback with Brandon Weeden backing him up. The Texans have yet to sign a veteran and will likely select a young quarterback in the draft in less than two weeks.
Free agent quarterback Jay Cutler is considering his options and may be considering retirement according to a report by ESPN. The report also indicated that the Texans at one point considered bringing in Cutler after they missed out on Romo.
ESPN.com Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson wrote today “Actually, the Texans did express mild interest in Cutler, but coach Bill O’Brien preferred Tom Savage. After last year’s Brock Osweiler debacle, Houston’s front office wanted to defer to O’Brien, and the Cutler talks fizzled.”
With O’Brien seemingly given the opportunity to select his quarterback room after the Osweiler failure of 2016, the move is to go with Savage who has a much stronger knowledge of the system over Cutler.
With Savage the penciled in starter for the Texans, Cutler may still want to play but for a team like Houston who may consider adding another veteran, although it may have to be at the right price.
ESPN’s Ed Werder tweeted in confluence to Dickerson’s article that Cutler would be willing to take, “less than starter money” to play for a contender and suggested Houston as a viable destination.
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio