Wuerffel was brought in by Jerry Angelo in late June and didn't see any action during the regular season as the Bears third quarterback.
In five NFL seasons, he has completed 126 of 258 passes for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns. Wuerffel also has 19 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown. He has played in 18 career games with six starts. Wuerffel won the 1996 Heisman Trophy following his senior year at Florida.
Wuerffel will likely see significant time in Houston as the Texans starting quarterback. He will likely hold the job until a young quarterback is ready to step in. The Texans, who have the number one pick in the draft, will draft a quarterback and more specifically David Carr.
The majority of the players taken by the Texans were left unprotected because of salary cap issues. The first eight selections ate up over half of the $70 million cap.
The Houston Texans Selections
(1) Tony Boselli-Tackle Jacksonville Jaguars
(2) Ryan Young-Tackle New York Jets
(3) Aaron Glenn-Cornerback New York Jets
(4) Gary Walker-Defensive Tackle Jacksonville Jaguars
(5) Jamie Sharper-Linebacker Baltimore Ravens
(6) Jermaine Lewis-Wider Receiver Baltimore Ravens
(7) Marcus Coleman-Cornerback New York Jets
(8) Seth Payne-Defensive Tackle Jacksonville Jaguars
(9) Matt Campbell-Guard Washington Redskins
(10) Matt Stevens-Safety New England Patriots
(11) Jeremy McKinney-Guard Cleveland Browns
(12) Ryan Schau-Tackle Philadelphia Eagles
(13) Charlie Rogers-Running Back/Kick Returner Seattle Seahawks
(14) Sean McDermott-Tight End/Long Snapper Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(15) Jabari Issa-Defensive End Arizona Cardinals
(16) Avion Black-Wide Receiver Buffalo Bills
(17) Danny Wuerffel-Quarterback Chicago Bears
(18) Brian Allen-Linebacker St. Louis Rams
(19) Johnny Huggins-Tight End Dallas Cowboys
When Wuerffel was selected the Bears pulled back safety Than Merrill (24 years old) an Angelo signing. The three other players Chicago left unprotected (Robert Newkirk, Autry Denson and Kevin Dogins) return to the 80-man roster.
The recent signing of Henry Burris and now the loss of Wuerffel still leaves the Bears looking for at least one quarterback. Jim Miller recently said he wants to get something worked out with the Bears by March 3rd. Chicago has the 4th most money to spend under the salary cap with approximately $11.9 million. But, extending restricted free agents such as Marty Booker and Rosevelt Colvin would take up much of that cap room.
There seem to be two major sticking points on Dick Jauron's contract extension. Jauron wants the final say on the 53-man roster about half the coaches in the league have that authority. The NFL Coach of the Year also wants the power to hire and fire assistant coaches, which is a common clause for the majority of head coaches.
It's been almost two weeks since Angelo said the negotiations were coming along and it was just a matter of dotting some I's and dotting some T's.
Although, specific details of the contract have been worked out Angelo insists it's just a matter of time before the extension is worked out.
"It's eminent Dick's going to be our football coach in terms of what we're doing contractually the language I'm going to get into that," Angelo said.
With defensive coordinator Greg Blache recently receiving a three-year contract Jauron's contract would likely be a two-year extension. Finishing the last year of his deal and then adding on two years to equal the length of Blache.