2002 NFL expansion draft

The 2002 National Football League expansion draft is the most recent National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Houston Texans, selected its first players. On October 6, 1999, in Atlanta, NFL owners had unanimously voted to award the 32nd NFL franchise and the Super Bowl XXXVIII to the city of Houston, Texas.[1] So that the Texans could become competitive with existing teams, the league awarded the Texans the first pick in the 2002 NFL Draft and gave them the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on February 18, 2002.[2][3][4][5]

In this draft, held months before the regular draft, the existing franchises listed players from which the Texans could select to switch to the new team. This was the third expansion draft after the NFL had instituted the salary cap, which limited the total amount teams could spend on their roster of players. Teams placed many quality players on the list who had large contracts, as the Texans were required to assume the contracts of those players if selected.[6][7] The list included 155 NFL players,[8][9] 25 of whom were Pro Bowl players. The draft took place live and aired on ESPN. The Texans drafted a total of 19 players.[2][3][5][10] They selected three players with a total salary-cap value of $14.9 million from the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were $23 million over the cap; three players with a total salary-cap value of $14.1 million from the New York Jets, who were $16 million over the cap; and two players with a total salary-cap value of $7.1 million from the Baltimore Ravens, who were $23 million over the cap.[11]

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The Houston Texans selected the first players in franchise history.

Rules of the draft

Process

Each NFL team listed five players that the Texans could select,[6][7][8] and the Texans were required to claim either 30 players[6][7][8] or $27.2 million in contracts (38% of the 2002 salary cap).[7][8][12] After the Texans selected a player from an existing team, that team could remove a player from their remaining list.[7][8][12] If a second player was taken, the existing team could then pull back its remaining three players.[7][8][12] However, teams were not required to remove players from the draftable list, resulting in three Jets and three Jaguars being drafted to the Texans. The Texans were prohibited from selecting a player from a team and trading the player back to that club.[12]

Player limitations

Existing teams were not allowed to put punters or kickers on the list,[7][8] nor any player from their 2001 roster who would have become an unrestricted free agent in 2002.[7] They could not list players who went on injured reserve during the 2001 summer's training camp[7][8] nor any player who would become a restricted free agent after the 2001 season.[7] Their list could include only one player with more than 10 years' experience.[7][8]

Salary cap ramifications

Teams welcomed the expansion draft as a way to eliminate expensive veteran players from their salary caps,[7] because the Texans assumed the contracts of the players they selected, including all future portions of their signing bonuses and any guarantees or other terms.[12] Notable players that teams exposed to the draft included five-time Pro Bowler Tony Boselli, Randall McDaniel, and Willie Roaf. The Jets left Aaron Glenn unprotected although it wanted to keep him, because the team hoped that the Texans would not want Glenn's $8 million salary-cap figure for 2002.[7]

If the Texans cut a selection and he re-signed with his old team, the existing team re-assumed his signing bonus. Extra bonuses that did not count against the Texans' salary cap were given to veteran players who were selected. Those selected received $10,000 immediately, an additional $20,000 bonus for reporting to training camp, and another $30,000 for making the active roster during the regular season.[12]

Player selections

= Pro Bowler[13]
Pick Player Name Position Original NFL Team Salary Cap Figure
1 Tony Boselli OT Jacksonville Jaguars $6,883,332
2 Ryan Young OT New York Jets $563,000
3 Aaron Glenn CB New York Jets $8,013,177
4 Gary Walker DT Jacksonville Jaguars $5,250,000
5 Jamie Sharper LB Baltimore Ravens $2,875,000
6 Jermaine Lewis WR Baltimore Ravens $4,289,333
7 Marcus Coleman CB New York Jets $5,480,750
8 Seth Payne DT Jacksonville Jaguars $2,775,000
9 Matt Campbell OG Washington Redskins $875,000
10 Matt Stevens S New England Patriots $565,000
11 Jeremy McKinney OG Cleveland Browns $405,760
12 Ryan Schau OT Philadelphia Eagles $563,000
13 Charlie Rogers KR Seattle Seahawks $563,000
14 Sean McDermott TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers $300,000
15 Jabari Issa DE Arizona Cardinals $397,666
16 Avion Black WR Buffalo Bills $460,000
17 Danny Wuerffel QB Chicago Bears $555,760
18 Brian Allen LB St. Louis Rams $452,000
19 Johnny Huggins TE Dallas Cowboys $300,000

References

General
  • "2002 expansion draft: Veteran players drafted by Houston Texans". Pro Football Weekly website. February 18, 2002. Archived from the original on 4 September 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
  • "Houston Texans Expansion Draft Choices". Sports Illustrated website. September 5, 2002. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
  • "Boselli Leads Texans' Expansion Draft". CBS-KGTV San Diego. February 18, 2002. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2008.
Specific
  1. ^ "Houston Texans – Pro Football Hall of Fame". Pro Football Hall of Fame website. Archived from the original on 23 September 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "2000-2002 Texans Transactions". Houston Texans website. Archived from the original on January 5, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "2002 expansion draft: Veteran players drafted by Houston Texans". ProFootballWeekly website. February 18, 2002. Archived from the original on 4 September 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
  4. ^ "Houston Texans Expansion Draft Choices". Sports Illustrated website. September 5, 2002. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Boselli Leads Texans' Expansion Draft". CBS-KGTV San Diego. February 18, 2002. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2008.
  6. ^ a b c Gosselin, Rick (January 6, 2002). "As Texans expand, others' caps shrink". Dallas Morning News.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Pennington, Bill (January 23, 2002). "Pro Football; N.F.L. Expansion Draft: Big Names on the List". New York Times. Retrieved 24 September 2008.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "List of players exposed to Houston expansion draft". Pro Football Weekly website. February 18, 2002. Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
  9. ^ "Houston Texans Expansion Draft List". Sports Illustrated website. February 17, 2002. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
  10. ^ Buchsbaum, Joel (February 25, 2002). "Player-by-player analysis of Texans' expansion draft". Pro Football Weekly. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2008.
  11. ^ "NFL Texans draft Boselli, Wuerffel". CBC News website. February 19, 2002. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Clayton, John (February 14, 2002). "NFL – Rules of expansion". ESPN website. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  13. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler with an asterisk if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career. A dagger indicates a player who was selected to the Pro Bowl only as a member of another team.
1999 NFL expansion draft

The Cleveland Browns had spent three years with its operations suspended after Art Modell had relocated the Browns' organization and players to Baltimore, Maryland to form the Baltimore Ravens at the end of the 1995 NFL season. Upon returning to the league, in order to become competitive with existing teams, the Browns were awarded the first pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, and the league gave the Browns the opportunity to select current players from the other teams. That selection was provided by the 1999 National Football League expansion draft, held on February 9, 1999. 150 players were left unprotected by their teams for the Browns to draft.

Aaron Glenn

Aaron Devone Glenn (born July 16, 1972) is a former football cornerback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He currently works as a defensive backs coach for the New Orleans Saints. He played college football for Texas A&M University.

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Charlie Rogers

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Danny Wuerffel

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After graduating from Florida, Wuerffel was drafted by the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He spent six years in the league with four teams, finding limited success as a backup and an occasional starter. He also played a season in NFL Europe, where he led the Rhein Fire to a league championship and was named MVP of World Bowl 2000.

Wuerffel last played professional football in 2002, officially retiring in 2004. He returned to New Orleans to work with Desire Street Ministries, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help impoverished neighborhoods through spiritual and community development. Wuerffel had first become involved with the organization while playing for the Saints in the late 1990s, and as the organization attempted to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he became its executive director. Under Wuerffel, Desire Street Ministries moved its headquarters to Atlanta and expanded its programs to other inner cities in the American south.

Expansion draft

An expansion draft, in professional sports, occurs when a sports league decides to create one or more new expansion teams or franchises. This occurs mainly in North American sports. One of the ways of stocking the new team or teams is an expansion draft. Although how each league conducts them varies, and they vary from occasion to occasion, the system is usually something similar to the following:

Each existing team is told it can "protect" a certain number of its existing contracted players by furnishing their names to the league office on or before a certain date. The expansion team(s) then are allowed to select players not on the protected lists in a manner somewhat similar to an entry draft. There are generally a maximum number of players that can be selected from any one team, at least without the team losing the player receiving something in compensation such as a future entry draft pick.

Teams subject to losing players usually tend to put most if not all of the players they truly need to stay competitive on the protected list. This means that the expansion franchise is usually left to choose among players who are old, injury prone, failing to develop as the teams had intended, or perhaps so highly compensated that a team wishes to remove them from the payroll. For this reason, expansion teams are often noncompetitive in their early years in a league, although the advent of the free agent system has modified this somewhat. Marc-André Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a notable exception of a star player in their prime being left exposed in an expansion draft, being made available for the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft after Fleury was made expendable due to the rise of Matt Murray at goaltender. The rules of the draft can be tweaked by the league to make the expansion team more competitive if that is the business objective of the league's expansion.Most teams seem to try largely to make a team which will serve until it can begin to develop its own talent, although occasionally players discarded by their old teams benefit from the change in environment and become stars, either again or for the first time.

A similar process occurs when an existing franchise is disbanded and the players contracted to it become available to the remaining teams; this process is referred to as a dispersal draft.

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Houston Texans draft history

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Johnny Huggins

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List of Houston Texans Pro Bowl selections

Every late January–early February since 1950, the National Football League (NFL) hosts the Pro Bowl, its all-star game. Players are selected by the votes of coaches, other players, and fans. As of 2013, the Houston Texans have sent 20 different players to the Pro Bowl since their establishment in 2002 for a total of 37 appearances; Andre Johnson has been invited seven times (although he did not play the fifth time due to an ankle injury), Arian Foster has been invited three times, while Mario Williams, Owen Daniels, Matt Schaub, DeMeco Ryans, Johnathan Joseph, Chris Myers, J. J. Watt, Duane Brown, and Antonio Smith have all been invited twice. Jerome Mathis, Vonta Leach, Gary Walker, Aaron Glenn, Brian Cushing, Wade Smith, Bryan Braman, James Casey, and Danieal Manning have all been selected once, although Cushing decided to skip the Pro Bowl due to various injuries he sustained during the 2009 NFL season.The first Pro Bowl selections from the Houston Texans were during their inaugural year. These were two players acquired in the 2002 NFL Expansion Draft, Walker and Glenn. This was followed two years later by the selection of Johnson, the third-overall pick in the previous year's draft. Their first undrafted player to go to the Pro Bowl was Foster after the 2010 season. Foster has since been selected twice more. The 2013 Pro Bowl roster featured eight Texans, a team record, leading the AFC.

Marcus Coleman

Marcus Coleman (born May 24, 1974) is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Texas Tech University.

In 2018, he was named the first head coach of the Indoor Football League's Tucson Sugar Skulls after serving as defensive coordinator with the Iowa Barnstormers during their championship season.

Ryan Young

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