Outside linebacker John Simon has signed his tender with the Houston Texans and will return to the team for the 2016 season. The restricted tender was worth $1.671 million.
Simon was claimed by the Texans mid-season in 2014 off of the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens. He was caught in a depth chart log and placed on the practice squad until needed, but when the Texans ran into injury issues, they signed him to the 53-man roster. Former Ohio State and current Texans linebacker coach, Mike Vrabel, wanted his former pupil with him in Houston.
Simon has rewarded the Texans from that point by appearing in 27 games over the past two seasons. In 2015, he posted career highs with 53 tackles and five sacks.
He worked mainly as the third rotational outside linebacker next to Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney. Simon played mainly in the base defense and did the dirty work on dime packages, freeing up pass rushers.
Simon was drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Ohio State University.