We posted an entry on early-morning rumors regarding the Texans in free agency. As we head into the evening of the first day of free agency, here are some important updates. Like before, none of these reports have been confirmed by the Texans; I'm simply doing my best to pass along pertinent speculation from around the web.
The first batch of updates pertains to free agent wide receiver Kevin Walter. Early on Friday, the Baltimore Ravens were rumored to be in hot pursuit of the 28-year-old wideout, but ESPN insider Adam Schefter has reported that Baltimore has instead traded for Anquan Boldin of the Arizona Cardinals. Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com says that after making the move, the Ravens are "not trying to sign Walter."
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are still "trying to re-sign" Walter, who has averaged 59 catches and 770 yards per season for the Texans since 2007. The New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals -- Walter's former team -- all have been reported to have interest in Walter as well.
In other news, it looks like cornerback Dunta Robinson will very soon officialy be a former Texan. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Robinson and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a six-year deal. The Texans decided before free agency not to pursue Robinson, whom they drafted in the first round in 2004.
Finally, various reports over the past week or two linked the Texans to free agent running back Chester Taylor. That rumor has gone kaput, as the 30-year-old back signed with the Bears today.