NFL Free Agency Day 3: Silence on Kirby Ends

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In the nebulous search for a veteran possible starter/possible caretaker/certainly mediocre quarterback, go ahead and cross Josh McCown off of the Texans' list. The former Chicago Bear, who is coming off easily the best season of his nondescript career, never made it to Houston for his scheduled visit as new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith made sure McCown didn't leave Tampa Bay without his signature at the bottom of a contract (two years, $10 million). With every McCown-like creature that falls off the board, the chances of Matt Schaub remaining a Texan in 2014 increase by .033 percent. Granted, that means it will top out at like 3 percent, but still, anything greater than zero is frightening.

As the sun rose Thursday morning, there was still one team remaining that had not spent any money during the free agency period on any players, new or their own -- yes, your Houston Texans! It reminded me of the first scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when all of the kids in households with money were frolicking gluttonously in the candy store while poor Charlie sat outside with his face pressed against the window:

Finally, Thursday around lunchtime came news that the Texans' tight end situation (which was on the verge of peril with the release of Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham hitting free agency) was stabilized with Graham's signing a three-year, $11.25 million deal. It wasn't a sexy signing, and in the garage-sale analogy it was probably the equivalent of grabbing an old computer monitor you had up for sale and deciding not to sell it.

But hey, it's something, right?

Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware for a combined $60 million in guaranteed money. Yeah, starting in like three years the Broncos are going to be a hot salary-cap mess, but damn, the rest of the Peyton Manning Era should be fun for the citizens of Colorado.

This and legal weed? It's just not fair, I tells ya!

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