The Houston Texans just recently extended All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson’s contract that will keep him signed under the organization through the 2016 season. The additional two-year $23 million deal guarantees $13 million and provides incentives where he could earn up to $38.5 million. The seven-year veteran gained a total of 1,569 yards from 101 receptions last season with the Texans, becoming the second wide-out since Jerry Rice to lead the league in receiving yards in consecutive seasons.
Johnson was very excited to complete negotiations and shift his attention to the upcoming regular season. “I can’t say that the offseason wasn’t a little bit frustrating, just sitting at home and thinking about contract things,” he said. “Once I came in, I put it behind me and I let my agent handle it. As you can see, it worked out, so I’m very excited about it…I always said I wanted to play for one team, and to be able to play for the Houston Texans for the rest of my career, it’s a tremendous honor.”
In 2009 the Texans were able to produce their first winning season since joining the NFL in 2002. They finished in second behind the Indianapolis Colts and conceded the wild card on a tie-breaker to the New York Jets. Houston will kick off their 2010 campaign at home against the Colts. Find the best deals for Houston Texans regular season tickets with us at Ace!
The Houston Rockets organization and veteran guard Tracy McGrady are presently looking to part ways after six seasons together. The Rockets hope to trade the seven-time All-Star as soon as possible to gain some relief from paying his $23.2 million expiring contract. T-Mac just recently came back from micro fracture knee surgery and has since been out to prove himself as a top competitor.
“Whoever gets me is going to get a hungry player,” said McGrady. “I don’t care if I go to the damn moon. It doesn’t matter. I’ve been hungry since I came back from my surgery. I rededicated myself, refocused, moved to Chicago, worked out the whole summer there. It was every day just grinding, just pushing. I’m not even supposed to be playing right now, so that really tells you how hard I’ve been working.”
The Washington Wizards have already reached out to Houston with plans to swap McGrady for Gilbert Arenas. The Rockets denied, knowing the $111 million contract sitting over Arenas with a side of his own constant knee problems. Look for a number of teams to show interest in McGrady as he returns to full health.
Tracy McGrady took the floor for the first time in ten months as the Houston Rockets went on to defeat the Detroit Pistons 107-96 yesterday at Toyota Center. T-Mac was greeted with a standing ovation in light of his highly anticipated return. He was limited to just eight minutes, but further swayed the momentum with his top of the key three-ball in the first quarter.
“It’s been so long since I’ve played, it was just a great feeling to be back on the court,” said McGrady. “Just to get up and down the court with these guys and to be back out there competing is what I missed. To have that back, finally, and feel good and have fun doing it, there’s nothing better.”
Luis Scola and Aaron Brooks led the Rockets in scoring with 23 each. Carl Landry had a very productive night off the bench, netting six-of-ten with a side of seven free throws for 19 points. Houston will next travel to Denver tonight to square off against the Nuggets as the Pistons head to New Orleans to face the Hornets.
Houston Texans kicker Kris Brown missed a 49-yard field goal attempt with just seconds remaining, giving the Tennessee Titans the 20-17 win Monday night at Reliant Stadium. Titans QB Vince Young threw for 116 yards while rushing for 73, leaving 29 carries and 151 yards for stand-out RB Chris Johnson. Young has led his squad to 4-0 since taking over at starting QB, improving the once struggling Titans to 4-6.
“I think you get a sense this game could have gone in either direction,” said Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher. “I can’t say how much it means to us to come back in here and get back on track again and fortunately get a win.”
Titans kicker Rob Bironas really came through in the clutch with two 50+ field goals to hold off the Texans. Two years ago he set an NFL record with eight field goals in Houston. “I always feel good down here … I like Houston,” he said. “I don’t think Houston likes me too much.” The Titans will next face the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, November 29th at 4:15 PM. Houston is set to rematch the Indianapolis Colts on the 29th as well at 1:00 PM. The Texans will be hungry for a win after losing their last two by three to the Colts and Titans.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan officially announced rookie Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback. Sanchez will be the first rookie QB to start the season opener for the organization since Dick Jamieson in 1960, back when they were known as the New York Titans. “I feel that the best move for our franchise and our team is to go with Mark as our quarterback,” Ryan said Wednesday. “I think Mark gives us the best opportunity to win.”
It was only possible for the Jets to select Sanchez through trading up in the draft. This off-season they signed the former USC standout to a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million($28 million guaranteed). In last week’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sanchez completed just 3 of 8 passes for 43 yards.
During his debut he was welcomed to the NFL by veteran Ray Lewis with a hit to the stomach, causing him to toss up an interception. “Not obviously the way you want to start. I thought I was doing the right thing; I felt Ray come free on the right side from the protection,” said Sanchez. “I was checking it down to the flat, perfect. Haloti just jumped right in front of the ball and made a really athletic play.”
Sanchez and the Jets are scheduled to face off against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles before kicking off the regular season against the Houston Texans on Sunday, September 13th at Reliant Stadium.
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After a surprising 2008 season, the Houston Texans are looking to improve on their 8-8 record. With a core of Andre Johnson, Mario Williams, and 2nd year Steve Slaton, the Texans are shooting for the 2009 playoffs. They focused on defense in the 2009 draft, getting USC linebacker Brian Cushing with the 19th overall pick. In a tough division carried by the Colts and Titans, the Texans will need big wins in their division games in order to either win the division or win the wild card.
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Houson Rockets’ big man Yao Ming is facing a serious foot injury. Ming has had four surgeries on his feet and ankles in the part three years, and may not be able to have another and keep playing. The 7-foot-6 center from China may need upwards of a year to heal his broken foot. The Rockets team physicial Tom Clanton even went as far as to call the latest injury “career threating”. Even if Yao can get back into playing shape, his ankles and feet will always be prone to injury due to his size. The Rockets acquired three guards from the draft: Jermaine Taylor, Sergio Llull, and Chase Budinger. The Rockets have the luxury to trade or drop two of them, and seem to have made smart and cheap decisions.
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