Free Agency Recap: Texans

The Texans did some minor retooling in the offseason as they are coming off the best season in franchise history, as they finished with an 8-8 record. Houston has a young nucleus on their defensive line, and they are mostly in need of depth, and they signed some in free agency.

The Texans took somewhat of an Indianapolis type of approach, as they decided to retain their own players rather than jumping on the scraps of other teams. Houston retained tight end Mark Bruener, defensive ends Earl Cochran and N.D. Kalu, wide receiver and special teams extraordinaire Andre Davis, safeties Glenn Earl and Will Demps, offensive tackle Scott Jackson, punter Matt Turk, and running back Darius Walker.

Players acquired:

The Texans didn't make any enormous acquisitions in free agency, as they opted for mostly depth type of players. One important player they signed is former Titans running back Chris Brown. Brown can team up with the oft-injured Ahman Green, and the Texans will have some explosiveness in the backfield.

Houston's biggest signing, in terms of salary was former Cowboys cornerback Jacques Reeves. Reeves signed a six-year, $20 million deal. The Texans inked former Jaguars quarterback Quinn Gray to occupy the third quarterback position, as well as former Seahawks linebacker Kevin Bentley. The Texans acquired a pair of former Broncos, as they signed safety Nick Ferguson and traded for center Chris Myers. Their final acquisition was former Browns linebacker Chaun Thompson.

Players lost:

Many of Houston's free agency losses were by that of the release, as the team cut ties with linebacker Shawn Barber, centers Mike Flanagan and Steve McKinney, and tight end Jeb Putzier. Defensive tackle Cedric Killings decided to retire.

Some of the players that the Texans lost to other teams in free agency are linebackers Charlie Anderson (Dolphins) and Danny Clark (Giants), safety Michael Boulware (Vikings), and cornerback Von Hutchins (Falcons).


Despite Houston not signing any former Pro Bowlers, they've added some depth to a solid nucleus and should be in position to take another step forward toward their first winning season in 2008.

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