Texans, Gray close to deal
QB optimistic about joining club as soon as today
Barring unforeseen complications, former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Quinn Gray will sign a one-year deal for $645,000 with the Texans today, giving them three veterans at the most important position on the team.
Coach Rick Smith said last week the Texans prefer to have three veteran quarterbacks on the roster when the regular season begins.
Gray helps the Texans in two ways. First, if starter Matt Schaub is injured again and Sage Rosenfels is elevated, Gray becomes the experienced backup. Second, if they’re offered a second-round pick for Rosenfels, having Gray behind Schaub would make it easier to make the trade.
“The Texans have two good quarterbacks, and if everything goes like I hope it does, I’ll be added to the mix,” Gray said Sunday after arriving in Houston. “Hopefully, everything will go well when we meet (today at Reliant Stadium). I hope to be able to sign.”
Gray visited Green Bay and Oakland. He has a trip to Buffalo scheduled.
“I don’t plan on leaving here,” he said. “I’m ready to sign.
“My agent (Drew Rosenhaus) has a one-year deal in place. We’ve been talking on the phone, and now I’m going to meet face-to-face with coach (Gary) Kubiak and coach (offensive coordinator Kyle) Shanahan. I’m excited about it.”
Gray, who turns 29 next month, spent five years with the Jaguars and was 2-2 as a starter last season. He helped the Jaguars defeat Tampa Bay and Tennessee. They lost to New Orleans and the Texans.
“Things didn’t work out in Jacksonville, (but) I think I can fit in here,” Gray said. “I love Houston. I like the organization and where the Texans are headed.”
In the Jaguars’ 42-28 loss at Reliant Stadium, coach Jack Del Rio rested many of his starters before the playoffs.
Gray finished 25-of-39 (64.1 percent) for 302 yards and four touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception.
“That’s the best game I’ve ever played,” Gray said. “I’ve got that game on tape, and I’ve watched it a lot.”
For the season, Gray was 80of-144 (55.6 percent) for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns with five interceptions. His rating was 85.6.
“I feel great about this situation,” Gray said. “Free agency didn’t go like I thought it would, and I’m ready for a new opportunity. I’m ready to sign and start learning a new system.
“I played with (defensive tackle) Anthony Maddox at Jacksonville. Andre Johnson is a friend of mine. I look forward to signing and getting to work.”
The Texans’ non-mandatory offseason program begins March 31 at their Reliant Park facility.
IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ’EM . . .: Quinn Gray started for the Jaguars against the Texans in the 2007 season finale and, though sacked by Earl Cochran, acquitted himself well overall in a 42-28 loss.