Mallett finally got his chance to start an NFL game last season, but his good fortune didn’t last long when he got injured and was out for the year. Mallett is a free agent, but he will come cheap. Mallett has had a lot of hype since backing up Tom Brady and could potentially be a cheap reliable solution for 2015.
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This may not be the sexiest name, but he can win games. He won with the Browns … He won’t come as cheap as Mallett but still may be a bargain. With a few established weapons already in place, Hoyer should be able to come in and get the Texans into the playoffs.
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This is a risky signing because of Locker’s injury history, but it is another cost-effective option. Locker has proven to be a reliable QB when he's out there. He is also very familiar with the AFC South and would relish the opportunity to go against his former team twice a year.
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We all know about Cutler’s rocky history in Chicago. And say what you want about him, but he can throw a football. He would be a huge upgrade over any of the QBs the Texans trotted out this year. He would have to come via trade and would likely cost Houston their first-round pick and maybe more.
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The Texans would have to trade up to snag Winston, but this could be the franchise QB fans have been waiting for. He obviously comes at a risk with all of his off-the-field issues, but he is very talented and could be the QB of the future if the Texans are willing to take the chance.
Sanchez proved he could be a starting QB in this league after Foles went down. He likely will not be re-signed as a backup. Sanchez has the ability, and at only 28 this could be the right fit to turn his career around. It is a risky signing but could pay dividends in the long run.
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Word has just come out that Manning wanted to sign with Houston in 2012, but the Texans rejected him. If the Broncos are ready to rebuild and release Manning, he could be a one-year rental for the Texans in 2015. With Manning, you may be able to sign other veterans looking for their last shot and go for a Super Bowl in 2015.