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Team announces Chillar signing; Gray signs with Texans

The Green Bay Packers today announced the signings of three free agents, including linebacker Brandon Chillar. The Packers also also announced the signings of long snapper Thomas Gafford and tackle Joe Toledo.

Chillar, a 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, spent his first four NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2004 draft. In 63 games, including 40 career starts, Chillar tallied 254 tackles (173 solo) and 4.5 sacks.

Chillar is expected to compete against Brady Poppinga for the starting spot at outside linebacker. A three-year starter at UCLA, he earned All-Pacific Conference 10 honors as a senior in 2003.

Gafford (6-2, 252) spent the 2006 training camp with Green Bay. He was a reserve/future signing by the Seattle Seahawks in January 2007, but was waived in June and spent last season out of football. The Houston alum was a four-year letterman (2001-04), serving as the team's short and long snapper.

Gafford has a golden opportunity to pick up where veteran Rob Davis, who reportedly retired, left off.

Toledo (6-5, 325) was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft (114th overall) and had been listed at guard and tackle during his two seasons with the team. Collegiately, he played tight end his first three seasons at Washington, before transitioning to tackle.

Gray signs with Texans
Quinn Gray, who met with the Packers earlier this month, reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans today.

Gray, who played his first five seasons with Jacksonville, signed a one-year deal for the $605,000 minimum and a $40,000 signing bonus, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Gray was 2-2 as a starter last season, including victories over Tampa Bay and Tennessee and losses to New Orleans and the Texans.

The Packers, seeking a backup for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, met with Gray last Tuesday in Green Bay. Gray arrived in Houston on Sunday and he is spending today at Reliant Stadium, meeting with head coach Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Chronicle reported.

Signing Gray gives the Texans three experienced quarterbacks. Matt Schaub is firmly entrenched as the starter. Sage Rosenfels has proven to be a solid backup. If a team offers a second round pick for Rosenfels, having Gray would make it easier for the Texans to make the trade, possibly to Green Bay.

Minnesota offered a third round pick for Rosenfels but the Texans turned it down, the Chronicle reported.

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