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Texans Make Offers to FS Crocker, C Wade, DE Smith

The Texans made offers to three free agents who visited this week. Atlanta FS Chris Crocker and Tampa Bay C John Wade visited Tuesday and were offered a spot on the team. The two will continue to visit other teams before they decide who they will play for in 2008. On Thursday, Detroit DE Corey Smith met with the Houston Texans, but he will also pursue other offers before making his final decision.

Both Crocker and Wade started for their previous teams, and could add depth and security to their respective positions for the Texans. Smith is a small pass rushing DE with NFL experience, and he could easily fill a void that the Texans desperately need to fill before the 2008 regular season. At 6’2″ 250lbs, Smith forced three fumbles, had 2.5 sacks and 27 tackles in a reserve role at Detroit. In his five year career, he has played for the Buccaneers, 49ers, and Lions. A stint with the Texans fierce D-Line wouldn’t be a bad idea for Smith’s résumé.

Although the Texans are in a slow offseason push for team improvement, they have played the free agency smart and are chasing reasonably priced free agents. Of the three visiting free agents, the Texans offered two NFL starters contracts to compete for a starting role with the Texans that could be won before or after the season begins in September. If neither Wade nor Crocker wins the job before the regular season, the Texans have always had problems with amounting injuries. Houston dealt with the most injuries last season (17 IRs), and these visiting free agents should recognize that they could still start for the up and rising Texans at some point in 2008.

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