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Texans’ Own FA Updates

On February 29, 2008, the Houston Texans could have allowed 26 Unrestricted, Restricted, or Exclusive Rights Free Agents to look for new teams before the 2008 season.  UFAs WR Andre Davis, G Fred Weary, RB Ron Dayne, TE Mark Bruener, DE N.D. Kalu, LB Charlie Anderson, P Matt Turk, CB Von Hutchins, S Will Demps, S Michael Boulware, S Glen Earl, S Jason Simmons, S/CB Roc Alexander, CB Dexter Wynn, LB Danny Clark, and DT Cedric Killings were the Texans’ Unrestricted Free Agents.  RFAs SS C.C. Brown, T Scott Jackson, WR Jerome Mathis, and DT Anthony Maddox were the Texans’ Restricted Free Agents.  ERFAs WR David Anderson, DE Earl Cochran, TE Joel Dressen, T Brandon Frye, and RBs Chris Taylor and Darius Walker were the Texans Exclusive Rights Free Agents.  The Texans have been playing it safe in the free agency, but have began to sign back their own free agent players.  Below is an update to your Texans’ own free agents:


RB Chris Taylor had his contract extended with Texans on February 27.  The 6’0″ 224lbs RB had an impressive finish to 2006, in which he started no games.  He ran for 123 yards on 28 attempts scoring one touchdown and achieving seven first downs for the Texans.  His one touchdown, 20-carry, 99-yard effort against Cleveland in Week 17 merited the Texans signing Taylor back to make an impact in 2008.

WR Andre Davis re-signed with the Texan on February 28 to a four-year, $16 million contract.  His speed and agility will have a positive impact on the Texans’ Special Teams and receiving core in 2008.  The question is whether Davis or WR Kevin Walter will start opposite to WR Andre Johnson on opening day?

T Scott Jackson re-signed with the Texans on February 28, and he will provide depth at the offensive tackle position with the opportunity for playing time in Alex Gibbs’ Zone Blocking System.

DT Anthony Maddox was re-signed before the Free Agency deadline and will still be an instrumental part of the Texans’ Dline depth and power.  He started three games last season finishing with 2 sacks.

DE Earl Cochran had his contract extended with the Texans and will also add depth and power to the Texans’ Dline.  Cochran played 15 games finishing with 26 total tackles, one forced fumble and one sack.

TE Joel Dressen had his contract extended with the Texans after an impressive, progressive 2007 season.  He finished with four receptions for 55-yards and two touchdowns.  He also had 11 special teams tackles.

T Brandon Frye had his contract extended with the Texans after being on the practice squad for half of the 2007 season and finishing the final 8 games on the inactive gameday roster.  He will fight for playing time next year with the opportunity for playing time if he displays what Gibbs wants out of his ZBS.

SS C.C. Brown was offered a second round tender with a guarantee 1.4 million base salary to be the Texans starting SS in 2008.  He has improved his play every year for the Texans, and they know he’s worth the money.

RB Darius Walker had his contract extended with the Texans on March 3.  Walker had an impressive finish for the Texans while filling in for the injured Ron Dayne, who filled in for the injured Ahman Green.  Walker’s speed and agility led to 264 rushing yards and one touchdown on 58 carries.

FS Will Demps was re-signed last week to a two-year, $4.7 contract.  He will most likely end up the Texans starting FS if the Texans do not sign a better, faster and quicker FS.

S Glen Earl, who played FS for the Texans at the end of 2006, is a natural SS who re-signed with the Houston Texans for an undisclosed amount.  The S was a quick addition to the Texans’ injured reserve at the beginning of the 2007 season, but will most likely contribute heavily as he did in 2006 for the Texans in 2008.

Looking for a New Home

RB Ron Dayne told the media he would love to return to the Texans in 2008.  “Yeah, definitely,” Dayne told “Just being here and being able to be around the guys, the team is on the uprise, so I’d love to be around that.”  But Dayne did not provide the quickness the Texans desired in 2007, and he failed numerous times to turn a simple toss or outside counter into yardage in the redzone.  Lance Zierlein wrote that Dayne will most likely not be re-signed by the Texans because he could not turn his 3-yard runs into 10-yard runs.  He also noted that with an outside zone, “you want to be able to bounce the ball around the corner if that is what the defense gives you and Dayne doesn’t have that gear to do that. Because teams know that, they don’t have to flow wide as hard and that ends up taking away those cutback lanes. Dayne is still okay with the inside zone plays, but the Texans really need to start widening the field with the outside zone so that they create more cutback opportunities and better bootleg opportunities in the passing game.”

LB Danny Clark has not signed anywhere, but the “Assassin” is being sought after by the Oakland Raiders.  Clark played for the Raiders and started for Rob Ryan’s D in 2005 at MLB.

S Jason Simmons has been a memorable Houston Texan, but since he ended up on the IR in 2007, the Texans have seemed to forget him.  He may be re-signed later down the road as the Texans are waiting to test the free agency market.

G Fred Weary played decent for the Texans while filling in his reserve role at times.  He ended his 2007 season on the IR and may re-sign with the Texans if they cannot fill his void with a better guard.

DE N.D. Kalu was instrumental parts of the Houston Texans powerful DLine in 2007.  He signed a one-year deal in 2006 hoping to finish his career with the Texans, but he hasn’t been offered a contract from the Texans.

TE Mark Bruener has not been offered a spot on the Texans in 2008.  The 35-year old TE was drafted in 1995 by the Pittsburgh Steelers and later joined the Texans in 2004.  He served primarily as a blocking TE while the Texans used TEs Owen Daniels and Joel Dressen as receiving options.

P Matt Turk looked like an All Pro punter early in 2007 before fading off at the end of the season. The Texans let go of Pro Bowl punter Chad Stanley for Turk before the 2007 season, and it looks like they’ll be doing the same to Turk.

S Michael Boulware’s unimpressive angered Texans fans, but it kept them happy because the organization traded away DE Jason Babin.  But overall, Boulware should not be re-signed by the Texans as he cannot cover in the NFL.

CB/KR Dexter Wynn has not been offered a contract from the Texans, and he will most likely end up finding a new home in 2008.  The Texans will have Jacoby Jones and Andre Davis on special teams duties in 2008.

WR Jerome Mathis has dealt with countless injuries with his stint with the Texans.  Although he was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2006 for his amazing return abilities, he has suffered with injuries and problems with the law (loose pit bull citations, assault on his pregnant wife) which discontinue his career with the Texans.

CB/S Roc Alexander ended up on the injured reserve before the end of the 2007 season, and has not been given a contract offer by the Texans. 


Found a New Home

LB Charlie Anderson signed a 3-year, $17.5 million contract with the Miami Dolphins who will explore his comfortability with the 3-4 Defense.  Anderson has played in both the 3-4 and 4-3 defense used by the Texans since his start in the NFL with Houston in 2004.

S/CB Von Hutchins agreed to a 4-year, $9 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons.  Hutchins played well at the CB spot filling in for the injured Dunta Robinson in 2007.  He will have an opportunity for a role at the S or CB spot in Atlanta.



DT Cedric Killings retired from football on February 2008.  The powerhouse DT suffered a broken neck in September’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.  His aggressive and diehard play won’t be forgotten and we at wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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One Response to “Texans’ Own FA Updates”

  1. Tilly says:

    I want to see Danny Clark back, I’ve heard that he is in negotiations with Houston but in the meantime he’s being courted by the superbowl champs NY Giants!

    Hello Houston, what are you waiting for? Clark is one of the most underrated linebackers in the league and definetely one of the best available in free agency. With our young corp we need to have the leadership presence not just on the field but in the locker room and Bentley is definetely not it!!!

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