Brandon Dunn

Texans K Ka’imi Fairbairn Signs RFA Tender

Texans kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn has signed his second-round restricted free agent tender, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). Defensive tackle Brandon Dunn and linebacker Brennan Scarlett, each of whom was tendered at the original round level, also inked their tenders, per Wilson.

Restricted free agents have until Friday to sign offer sheets, but it was always unlikely that a rival club would sacrifice a second-round pick to sign a kicker such as Fairbairn. Still, the Texans thought enough of Fairbairn to assign him a second-round tender, which costs nearly $1MM more than an original round tender. For Fairbairn, he’ll see his base salary increase to $3.095MM, a significant raise for a player who earned less than $1.5MM over the first three years of his career.

A 2016 undrafted free agent out of UCLA, Fairbairn became the Texans’ kicker in 2017 after spending his rookie campaign on injured reserve. Last year, he led the NFL in both field goal attempts and conversions while ranking 13th in field goal percentage. Football Outsiders‘ ranked Houston eighth in its field goal/extra point metric.

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RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/11/19

Here are Monday’s moves involving restricted and exclusive-rights free agents:

ERFAs

Tendered:

RFAs

Tendered at second-round level:

Tendered at original-round level:

Non-tendered:

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/16/17

Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2017 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters.

Dallas Cowboys

Houston Texans

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/28/16

Here are today’s practice squad moves.

Chicago Bears

  • Signed: TE Justin Perillo (Twitter link via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune)

Houston Texans

  • Signed: DL Brandon Dunn

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Signed: RB Dreamius Smith

San Francisco 49ers

  • Signed: RB Raheem Mostert
  • Cut: RB Kelvin Taylor

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Signed: DT Rodney Coe (Twitter link via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times)
  • Cut: DE Kourtnei Brown (Twitter link via Auman)

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/26/16

Here are today’s minor moves.

  • The Raiders waived tight end Ryan O’Malley and tackle Matt McCants, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). Practice squad linebackers James Cowser and Tyrell Adams will ascend to the 53-man roster, Caplan tweets. Shilique Calhoun is out, with starting middle linebacker Perry Riley questionable for Week 12. Neither Cowser nor Adams has seen any game action yet.
  • Defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu could be set for his NFL debut after the Texans promoted him from their practice squad and cut defensive lineman Brandon Dunn to make room, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. Dunn played in 17 games for the Bears and Texans from 2014-16 after arriving in the league in ’14 as a UDFA.
  • The Jaguars promoted tight end Alex Ellis and waived defensive tackle Richard Ash, the team announced. Ellis has yet to play in a game; Ash saw action in one in each of the past two seasons. A rookie UDFA from Tennessee, Ellis caught just eight passes as a senior.

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/19/16

Wednesday’s minor moves:

  • The Texans added two defenders to their active roster Wednesday, promoting lineman Brandon Dunn from their practice squad and signing free agent safety Don Jones, as Mark Berman of FOX 26 tweets. To make room, Houston placed safety K.J. Dillon and linebacker Brennan Scarlett on IR.

Practice Squad Updates: 10/16/16

Sunday’s practice squad moves:

Houston Texans

  • After cutting him several days ago to make room for Robert Nelson on the 53-man roster, the Texans have re-signed DT Brandon Dunn to their practice squad, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. The 24-year-old Louisville product appeared in 11 games for the Texans last year in a special teams role, totaling seven tackles. Houston’s coaching staff regards Dunn as a player with high upside.

Texans To Promote CB Robert Nelson

The Texans are promoting cornerback Robert Nelson from the practice squad to the main roster, as John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tweets. To make room, defensive lineman Brandon Dunn has been released.

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Nelson joined the Texans’ taxi squad late in 2015 and he was re-signed on a reserve/futures deal in January. Unable to make the 53-man cut, he agreed to return to the Texans’ practice squad this year. Now, he’s ready for his first NFL stint since 2014 when he was on the roster for seven games with the Browns.

Houston hopes to re-sign Dunn to the practice squad, according to McClain. The 24-year-old appeared in eleven games for the Texans last year in a special teams role, totaling seven tackles.

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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/6/16

Here are Tuesday’s practice squad signings and cuts from around the NFL:

Arizona Cardinals

  • Signed: QB Aaron Murray, QB Zac Dysert (team announcement)

Atlanta Falcons

  • Signed: WR Nick Williams (Twitter link via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), DL Joe Vellano (Twitter link via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com)
  • Cut: DT Joey Mbu (Twitter link via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com)

Baltimore Ravens

  • Signed: QB David Fales (Twitter link via Adam Caplan of ESPN.com), G Jarell Broxton (Twitter link via Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun)

Buffalo Bills

  • Signed: LB Carlos Fields, DB Damian Parms (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle)

Dallas Cowboys

Houston Texans

Kansas City Chiefs

Minnesota Vikings

  • Signed: T Carter Bykowski (Twitter link via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press)
  • Cut: CB Tre Roberson

New England Patriots

New York Jets

New Orleans Saints

Seattle Seahawks

  • Signed: OL Takoby Cofield

Tennessee Titans:

  • Signed: WR Tre McBride (Twitter link via Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com)
  • Cut: WR Ben Roberts

Sunday NFL Transactions: AFC South

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four AFC South teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Texans, Colts, Jaguars, and Titans are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s AFC South transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day. All links go to Twitter unless otherwise noted:

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans