Texans looking into Moulds

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Houston Texans have emerged as the team most interested in trading for disgruntled Bills receiver Eric Moulds, who has vowed he won’t return to Buffalo.

“I’ve had a great conversation with Charley Casserly, and it’s intriguing,” Moulds’ personal adviser Greg Johnson said Monday, referring to the Texans’ general manager. “I’m not saying he’s definitely going to Houston, but I’m saying that Houston is definitely a player.”

Moulds, who has two years left on his contract, has the Bills’ permission to seek a trade after he twice rejected the team’s request to take a pay cut. A 10-year veteran, Moulds ranks second on the team in several career receiving categories.

He’s scheduled to make $7.1 million next season. But because of bonuses factored in over the length of his contract, he is to count about $10.85 million against the salary cap, a figure Buffalo deems too expensive.

Johnson said he’s already discussed reworking his client’s contract with Casserly should a trade be made. Texans spokesman Tony Wyllie declined comment.

Releasing or trading Moulds would save the Bills about $5.5 million in cap space. Buffalo would likely settle for a fourth-round pick or higher in a deal for Moulds.

Johnson said he’s also had conversations with Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner and New England Patriots personnel director Scott Pioli. However, the Patriots, who have lost three receivers to free agency this month, are considered an unlikely trade candidate because they play in the same division as Buffalo.

Johnson added others who’ve expressed interest include Kansas City, San Francisco, Denver and Seattle.

Johnson said Moulds would be interested in playing for Houston, even though the Texans are coming off an NFL-worst 2-14 finish and haven’t had a winning record in their five seasons.

Houston is close to Moulds’ native Mississippi, which would allow his family to see him play more often. Moulds would complement a Texans offense that already has a solid receiver in Andre Johnson and has the opportunity to draft USC running back and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush with the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft.

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