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Texans Release DE Cochran; Bring in Montgomery For a Chat

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans have released defensive end Earl Cochran and brought in Green Bay defensive end Mike Montgomery for a visit. Montgomery, an unrestricted free agent who grew up in Carthage and played at Texas A&M, met with the coaches at Reliant Stadium and underwent a physical. The Texans aren’t expected to offer him a contract. Montgomery has an offer to return to the Packers. Cochran, 28, provided depth at end and tackle.

In his one start last season at Indianapolis, he suffered a season-ending foot injury that required surgery. He continues to undergo rehabilitation and is expected to be ready by training camp. Cochran received the minimum tender of $1.01 million, meaning the team had a right of first refusal if they failed to match an offer sheet he signed with another team. After the Texans signed Arizona defensive end Antonio Smith, they withdrew the tender and offered Cochran a one-year contract. He was released when they failed to reach an agreement. The Texans told Cochran they’d like to re-sign him when he’s healthy, according to agent Mark Slough.

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