AFC South: Scott Jackson
Six active players from the AFC South will participate this offseason in NFL business management and entrepreneurial program workshops at some of the top business schools in the country.
The program is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers. Since the program's 2005 inception, 407 players have participated in sessions at the four business schools.
The programs run from four to eight days, with the longer ones split into two pieces.
Houston guard Scott Jackson and Indianapolis defensive lineman and special team ace Darrell Reid will soon go to Harvard for a program with an emphasis on entrepreneurial opportunities and business management. During the break between the two sessions, players develop a business plan that they discuss with faculty members when they return to campus.
Indianapolis guard Ryan Diem and Jacksonville running back Alvin Pearman will be part of the program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where the focus will be on developing and selling a brand and evaluating franchise opportunities.
Tennessee linebacker and special teamer Josh Stamer will go to the Stanford Graduate School of Business in March for a program that seeks to broaden a player's understanding of how to evaluate business opportunities in general and in the sports industry specifically.
And Jacksonville guard Maurice Williams will make two visits to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for a program that will hit on financial analysis, entrepreneurship, real estate development, stock market investing, negotiation skills, risk management, and community reinvestment. Retired Indianapolis offensive tackle Tarik Glenn will also participate it the Wharton program.
The Houston Texans' unrestricted free agents to be, in rough order of importance or rank:
Cornerback Dunta Robinson -- The defense was a lot better once he got back to form after rehabbing the bad leg injury and he's their best DB.
Free safety Eugene Wilson -- Was starting at the end and doing pretty well. A versatile piece with value.
Strong safety C.C. Brown -- Only played three games before season-ending injury. Good to have in the mix, but they need to upgrade his competition.
Strong safety Nick Ferguson -- Brought in to help with culture and was a good locker room guy.
Cornerback DeMarcus Faggins -- A sentimental favorite in the building as an original Texan, but he shouldn't rank higher than fourth corner.
Defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina -- He's 38 and just finished his 16th season. Probably time for the Texans to get younger in this spot. Could get a one-year deal.
Tight end Mark Bruener -- Made no contribution in his 14th season and is heading toward retirement.
Center Chris White -- Active as a sub about half the time in 2008.
Tackle Scott Jackson -- Missed his entire fourth season with a left foot injury.
Cornerback Jimmy Williams -- Missed entire season with a knee injury.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
In addition to three moves already reported -- the release of fullback Jameel Cook, the move of receiver Harry Williams to IR and the signing of fullback Jon Abbate -- the Texans have made the following roster moves and now stand at 75:
- Released receiver Tim Carter
- Waived center/guard Mark Fenton
- Placed cornerback Dunta Robinson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list
- Put tackle Scott Jackson on the reserve/injured list