Selected after his junior season in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft (73rd overall), he spent four years as a center fielder in the Colorado Rockies farm system before enrolling at Oklahoma State. He ran for 2,661 yards on 451 carries (5.9 avg.) with 23 TDs during his college career, including two seasons as a backup to current Denver player Tatum Bell.
"It's a fair trade, they're both in their second year," said Thompson. "I think Houston is looking for a little different kind of back, a little bit more of a power back like, obviously, Sam can be. We were looking for a little bit more of a change of pace thing. It wasn't any kind of deal that we felt compelled to do. It just felt like a pretty good fit. We've been talking off and on for some time, and it finally came to fruition today."
Gado, also a second-year pro, rushed twice for minus-7 yards on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. He struggled to grasp Green Bay's new zone-blocking system, which likely led to his departure. Offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski had on a few occasions that Gado was thinking too much in the scheme that requires backs to make one cut and rely on blockers.
Gado came out of nowhere last year, leading the Packers in rushing with 582 yards on 143 carries. He reunites with ex-Packers head coach Mike Sherman, who serves as the Texans' assistant head coach to Gary Kubiak.
Thompson said Morency, 26, fits more of the one-cut back that is necessary for Green Bay's new offense. Under Kubiak, the Texans utilize a similar-type offense as Green Bay.
"He's got a quick twitch, he runs hard, he's been described as a one-cut guy," said Thompson. "He doesn't fool around much, and he catches the ball very well out of the backfield."
The Texans also signed former Packers linebacker Roy Manning today. Manning was released in the team's final cutdown on Sept. 2.
Earlier in the week, Thompson signed wide receiver Koren Robinson and released fullback Vonta Leach.