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Houston Texans

Impact moves: The Texans avoided a potentially messy holdout by signing running back Arian Foster to a long-term contract extension. Center Chris Myers also was re-signed.

Significant losses: No team was hit harder than the Texans. Salary-cap problems led to the departure of veterans like outside linebacker Mario Williams, right tackle Eric Winston, cornerback Jason Allen and right guard Mike Brisiel. DeMeco Ryans, who was a bad fit at inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, was traded to Philadelphia for a fourth-round pick.

Top draft need: The Texans may use their first-round pick on a wide receiver who can help draw some of the defensive attention away from Andre Johnson.

Analysis: The Texans didn’t just lose talent this offseason. They also must replace the veteran leadership that players like Ryans and Winston provided.

Grade: D
- Alex Marvez (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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