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Keenum, McGee signed by Texans

Keenum, McGee signed by Texans

HOUSTON (AP) Former Houston quarterback Case Keenum and former Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee are among eight players signed to reserve/future contracts by the Houston Texans.

The 6-foot Keenum spent last season on Houston's practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent. The 6-3 McGee was a fourth-round pick by Dallas in 2009. He played in only three games for the Cowboys before he was cut at the end of training camp in 2012.

Defensive end Keith Browner, tight end Jake Byrne, receiver Jeff Maehl, linebackers Delano Johnson and Mike Mohamed and tackle Nick Mondek were also signed by Houston on Thursday. Maehl appeared in three games for Houston in 2011 after signing as an undrafted free agent. Mondek was a sixth-round pick by Houston in last year's draft.

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Redskins Free Agent Targets: Justin Simmons

Redskins Free Agent Targets: Justin Simmons

NBC Sports Washington is taking a long look at potential free agents that could help the Redskins in 2020. 

Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons
2016 third-round pick by Denver
Unrestricted free agent
6-foot-2 | 202 lbs. | 26 years old

The Redskins desperately need a free safety to pair with Landon Collins, Washington's prized free-agent acquisition from a year ago.

Could Justin Simmons fill that void?

The Denver Broncos safety is not only the best safety on the market, but one of the best free agents available in general. A second-team All-Pro selection in 2019, Simmons put together his best season to date in the final year of his rookie deal.

Simmons has been a starter since 2017 and has only missed three games in the past three seasons. He's one of the best defensive players and one of the most durable at his position.

The Broncos would certainly like to keep Simmons, who blossomed into one of their best players a season ago. If the two cannot come to a long-term contract agreement by March 10, the Broncos could place the franchise tag on Simmons. 

The 26-year-old recently told the media he has not decided whether he would show up to training camp or offseason workouts under the tag.

Simmons would be an ideal fit in Washington, but the question remains if the Redskins could afford him. The 26-year-old could likely sign a contract equal to, if not more, than the contracts that Kevin Byard, Eddie Jackson and Earl Thomas all earned in the past year. All three inked deals with an AAV over $12 million. 

Other options the Redskins could explore at safety that may be less expensive than Simmons are Anthony Harris or Tre Boston. Regardless, the Redskins will need to address the position this offseason.

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Caps at Golden Knights: Can Ovechkin bet on 700 in Vegas?

Caps at Golden Knights: Can Ovechkin bet on 700 in Vegas?

The Capitals (37-16-5) wrap up a three-game road trip out west on Monday with a trip to face the Vegas Golden Knights (30-22-8). Catch the game broadcast as well as pre and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington. Pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m. with Caps FaceOff Live followed by Caps Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. taking you up to the game broadcast at 6 p.m. Stick with NBC Sports Washington after the game for postgame coverage with Caps Postgame Live, D.C. Sports Live, and Caps Overtime Live.

Here is what you need to know for Monday's game.

Stuck on 698

Alex Ovechkin remains two goals away from reaching 700 as he has been held scoreless in each of the last four games. This the first time this season Ovechkin has been held without a goal for four games.

The good news is that he was a huge threat in Saturday's game in Arizona with 17 shot attempts and eight shots on goal so not only is he due for one, he's also really pushing to get into the back of the net. Vegas would be a fitting place to do it considering it is where he hoisted the Stanley Cup two years ago.

Kuznetsov is still out

Evgeny Kuznetsov was declared out by Todd Reirden on Sunday making this the third straight game he has missed with an upper-body injury. He took line rushes at Sunday's practice centering the third line so there is hope he could return soon, but it will not be for Monday's game against the Golden Knights.

With Kuznetsov out, here are the projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin - Travis Boyd - Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Dowd - Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler - Radko Gudas

Holtby gets the start

Braden Holtby will get his third straight start for the Caps on Monday, Reirden told the media. No one would argue that it's been a great season for Holtby, overall, but his play has really improved of late. On Saturday he turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced against the Arizona Coyotes and in his last two starts combined he has a .936 save percentage.

When last we met

Monday's game will be the second and final meeting between the Caps and Golden Knights this season. Washington won the previous meeting at home on Nov. 9, defeating Vegas 5-2. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 58 seconds into the game and Tom Wilson made it 2-0 in the first period. Jonas Siegenthaler would also score his first NHL goal and it came on the anniversary of his NHL debut.

You can read a recap of the game here.

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