Quarterbacks with a little bit of mileage on them seeking a place to take over as a starter apparently should scratch the Texans off their list.
After running through a bunch of veteran quarterbacks — including Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett and Ryan Fitzpatrick — over the past two seasons, Houston owner Bob McNair wants to take a QB in the draft, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain said.
"They want to draft [a quarterback] in the first round. They’re tired of using retreads," McClain told Philadelphia Magazine’s Birds 24/7 blog, which ran the story on Thursday. "They played five this year, started four. Last year, they played four and started three. So they need a quarterback, and they want one that they can develop.
"Nobody is saying anything publicly except Bob McNair. Three times he’s talked about, ‘We need a quarterback. We need to draft a quarterback.’ … They have not ruled out anybody, but I don’t think they’re going to be signing or trading for a veteran unless they determine the quarterbacks that they would have a shot at [in the draft] are going to be too pricey to get."
Tim McManus, the blog’s author, was seeking to determine the market for Sam Bradford beyond the Eagles. It certainly sounds like Houston, which holds the 22nd pick in the first round, isn’t the place for Bradford or, say, Robert Griffin III. But for a former Penn State QB? Could be.
"I think Christian Hackenberg is going to end up being reunited with [ex-Penn State coach] Bill O’Brien," McClain said.