Texans Update: New Positions for McKinney, Wells?

Former Colt Steve McKinney would prefer to stay at center, while running back Jonathan Wells may switch to fullback so he and Domanick Davis can be on the field at the same time.

Texans running back Domanick Davis is reportedly in talks with the team on a contract extension. Davis is entering the final season of the original contract he signed as a rookie in 2003.

But with Davis posting consecutive 1,000-yard seasons the Texans should benefit from inking him to a long-term deal, which should be in the range of five years and about $4 million per season.

The biggest question mark concerning Davis has not been his productivity, but his ability to stay healthy. Durability has been a major issue with Davis missing time in training camp each of the last two summers due to injuries. When healthy, Davis, a fourth-round pick out of LSU, was among the league's best in the second half last season. He averaged 111 yards over the final six games, which included career-high 158 yards against Jacksonville in Week 16.

Center Steve McKinney has played left guard before, a fact the Texans are keeping in mind while discussing how to align their offensive line for the upcoming season.

For now, McKinney is the Texans' starting center. His ability to play left guard, which he did in college at Texas A&M and the first four years of his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts, is an interesting option the Texans explored during a recent mini-camp at Reliant Park.

The Texans would like to put their five best linemen on the field to protect franchise quarterback David Carr, who has been sacked 140 times during the past three seasons.

"That's a last-case scenario," McKinney said. "I'll do some in training camp, just working at it. But that's a last-case scenario."

Running back Jonathan Wells saw time at fullback during minicamps. The logjam in the backfield has coach Dom Capers and his staff examining ways to utilize the players on the 53-man roster. That means Wells, who has split time between running back and special teams since 2002, will expand his role at fullback along with incumbent Moran Norris and Jarrod Baxter.

Wells could be an ideal fit for fullback with his 6-foot-1, 245-pound frame on blocking.

"They came to me in the offseason and said they felt we could add some versatility to the offense if Domanick and I were in the backfield at the same time," Wells said. "So I was welcome to the challenge. I'm definitely still a tailback. I've been that my whole life, but I'll definitely do whatever I can to get on the field."

DB C.C. Brown signed a three-year deal worth $1,000,300 that included a $75,300 signing bonus. During his senior season, Brown collected 101 tackles and forced three fumbles, one of which he recovered. He was also the defensive MVP at the Hula Bowl.


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