Texans and Chargers Make Several Moves

One player signed, another released, and a third player is switching positions. It was a busy day at the Houston Texans facility. And the defending AFC champs reeled in all of their remaining draft selections on Monday.

The Houston Texans signed journeyman P Matt Turk to a one-year contract which includes some guaranteed money. Turk, who is now with his fifth NFL team, will compete against Chad Stanley for the starting job.

In order to make a roster spot for Turk, the team released undrafted free agent Darius Walker. This is the latest blow to the career of the former Notre Dame University running back. After making the questionable decision to enter the draft after his junior season, Walker was not selected in the seven rounds after a poor combine performance.

The Texans made another move of sorts. Former Wake Forest LB Jon Abbate, who like Walker, was not selected after entering the draft a year early, has been moved to fullback The team feels Abbate's build (under 6-feet/240 pounds) and minimal speed (4.90-second forty), coupled with the intensity he plays with, makes him a better fit as a lead blocker.

A league source told Scout.com there is a real belief Abbate will start the season as Houston's top backup fullback.


Elsewhere, the San Diego Chargers were very busy on Monday agreeing to deals with the rest of their 2007 draft class including supplemental draft pick CB Paul Oliver.

Earlier in the day the Chargers agreed to contracts with four of their remaining selections from April's draft as well as Paul Oliver, chosen by the team in the supplemental draft less than two weeks ago.

The toughest one to get a deal done with was second-round pick S Eric Weddle.

Earlier this evening, it did not look as though Weddle would be signed any time soon.

A league source told Scout.com talks between both sides were going nowhere. The Chargers were offering Weddle just a 5% increase over the contract given to the player chosen in the same draft slot a year ago. Earlier in the day, first-round choice WR Craig Davis received a 9% increase over the contract from last year.

The Chargers traded up 25 slots in round two in order to acquire Weddle, who was the 37th pick of April's draft. In return, the team sent second and third-round picks in this year's draft and third and fifth-round picks in the '08 draft to the Chicago Bears.


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