By TPR Staff

Houston Texans

The Texans made waves this morning by announcing that two-time pro bowl running back Arian Foster had agreed to terms on a new five year contract. Many expected him to be franchise tagged as the team struggles with being up against the cap and trying to bring back a plethora of free agents that include Mario Williams, Chris Myers and Mike Brisiel among others.

It’s a good move for the franchise to get Foster locked up to a long-term deal, but the terms have yet to be announced by the team. Bringing back Mario Williams could be a pipe dream for the Texans, depending on the guaranteed money on Foster’s new deal.

Indianapolis Colts

After what seems like months of gloom and doom in regards to Peyton Manning, it appears that there was some good news for the likely soon to be ex-Colt. An amateur video of Manning slinging the ball around was leaked over the weekend and if it is indeed Manning, he certainly didn’t have the “noodle arm” that has been reported in the recent past.

Talks between the Colts and defensive end Robert Mathis have been reported to be “heating up” but that no deal is imminent. The team could still franchise tag him, but he has been said to be “dead set” against signing the tender. The deadline is today at 4pm ET.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rumors have surfaced that the Jaguars, who have plenty of money to spend in free agency, plan to make a run at Texans free agent defensive end Mario Williams. But the team has been linked to almost every free agent from Williams to Vincent Jackson to Payton Manning due to their cap space.

With the franchise tag approaching quickly, there has been thought that the Jags would use the tag on Jeremy Mincey, but no details from the team have come forward about their plans for the tag or for Mincey. Kicker Josh Scobee could receive the tag if it isn’t applied to Mincey.

Tennessee Titans

After a few bogus reports that the Titans would place the franchise tag on free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan, those reports were quickly rescinded. But this morning it was announced that the tag would be placed on free agent safety Michael Griffin instead. This move makes it almost all but certain that Finnegan is playing elsewhere in 2012. I’m sure Jeff Fisher would be up for a reunion in St. Louis.

After a nightmare season in 2011, high dollar running back Chris Johnson predicted that he will lead the NFL in rushing in 2012. Seems like a boneheaded thing to say after predicting a couple years back that he’d rush for 2500 yards and he got barely half of that.

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