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Texans head coach Bill O'Brien speaks during a news conference following a game against the Colts on Dec. 31 at Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien speaks during a news conference following a game against the Colts on Dec. 31 at Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Texans hire Gaine as GM, extend O'Brien's deal

The Houston Texans have hired Brian Gaine as general manager and extended the contract of coach Bill O'Brien through 2022.

The team announced the deals Saturday. Gaine signed a five-year contract and O'Brien was extended for four years.

Gaine brings 19 years of NFL personnel experience to Houston. He spent the 2017 season as the Buffalo Bills' vice president of player personnel. He also served as the Texans' director of player personnel from 2015-16 and director of pro personnel in 2014.

Texans owner Bob McNair calls Gaine an "incredibly smart, hardworking individual that understands the importance of good communication."

Houston finished 4-12 this season after consecutive AFC South titles the previous two years. O'Brien's 31 career victories in four years are tied for the most by a coach in franchise history.

Carolina LB Davis retiring following 2018 season

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says the 2018 season will be his last.

Davis confirmed his decision during an appearance on NFL Network on Friday. While the Panthers didn't make an official announcement, the team posted a picture of Davis on its Twitter page with the word "Respect."

Davis said he made his decision when the team signed him to a contract extension through 2018. He said he had been seeking an extension through 2019.

"For me, it was a no-brainer," Davis said. "Like, 'This is how long they want me here for.' This is how much time I have to dedicate to this organization to try to win a Super Bowl, and that's my mindset."

Davis, 34, was Carolina's first-round draft pick in 2005 and has spent his entire career with the Panthers. He's seventh in team history with 13 career interceptions and eighth with 28 sacks.

In 2014, Davis was named the league's Walter Payton Man of the Year. Sandwiched around that honor were All-Pro honors in 2013 and 2015. During the last six seasons, Davis has missed just three games despite the last of three ACL repairs.

After the Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs last weekend, Davis said he expects to have a reduced role in 2018 as Shaq Thompson gets more time.

Davis was suspended for one game late in the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams.

 

49ers' Foster arrested

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster is free on bond after his arrest in Alabama on a charge of second-degree possession of marijuana.

The Tuscaloosa News reports the 23-year-old, who just finished his rookie season, was arrested about 9 p.m. Friday.

Tuscaloosa Police, in a news release Saturday, acknowledged officers encountered Foster and "found probable cause to arrest him." The release did not address whether he was pulled over, why police suspected he had marijuana or how much they say he had.

A statement from the 49ers Friday night said: "The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Reuben Foster and we are currently gathering all relevant facts."

The former Alabama linebacker was a first-team All-American for the Crimson Tide in 2016 and won the Butkus Award. He was a first-round pick in last year's NFL draft.

Foster started all 10 games he played in this season and posted 72 tackles.

He was the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month in November.

 

 

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