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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Houston UFAs to be

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Houston Texans' unrestricted free agents to be, in rough order of importance or rank:

Cornerback Dunta Robinson -- The defense was a lot better once he got back to form after rehabbing the bad leg injury and he's their best DB.

Free safety Eugene Wilson -- Was starting at the end and doing pretty well. A versatile piece with value.

Strong safety C.C. Brown -- Only played three games before season-ending injury. Good to have in the mix, but they need to upgrade his competition.

Strong safety Nick Ferguson -- Brought in to help with culture and was a good locker room guy.

Cornerback DeMarcus Faggins -- A sentimental favorite in the building as an original Texan, but he shouldn't rank higher than fourth corner.

Defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina -- He's 38 and just finished his 16th season. Probably time for the Texans to get younger in this spot. Could get a one-year deal.

Tight end Mark Bruener -- Made no contribution in his 14th season and is heading toward retirement.

Fullback Cecil Sapp -- Very much the second guy behind Vonta Leach. Signed because of injuries to play special teams.

Long snapper Bryan Pittman -- Ended season with suspension and was inconsistent at important times. Clark Harris did well as his replacement and can play some tight end in a pinch.

Center Chris White -- Active as a sub about half the time in 2008.

Tackle Scott Jackson -- Missed his entire fourth season with a left foot injury.

Cornerback Jimmy Williams -- Missed entire season with a knee injury.