RTC: Garrett Graham edition
March, 14, 2014
By Tania Ganguli | ESPN.com
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ...
Today, a rundown of yesterday's coverage of Garrett Graham re-signing with Houston.
- Graham told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that Texans coach Bill O'Brien plans to use him as an H-back.
This will be the first time Graham has been with the Texans without [Owen] Daniels, who made his first visit to Green Bay. Like Graham, Daniels was a fourth-round pick (2006) from Wisconsin.
"He's a good friend, and it's [unfortunate] to see him leave," Graham said. "He did a lot of great things for [the Texans]."
- Graham also spoke with Mark Berman of Houston's Fox 26.
Graham signed a three-year agreement with the Texans worth $11.25 million, with $4.5 million guaranteed.
"My wife and I are very excited, very happy to stay in Houston, very thankful to [owner] Bob McNair and [vice-president/general manager] Rick Smith for believing in me," Graham said.
"Really look forward to working with Coach O'Brien. It feels good they have confidence in me and want me to stay and play here."
- Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com writes releasing Owen Daniels and keeping Graham was a no-brainer.
Daniels is 31, coming off a fractured leg that forced him to miss the remainder of the 2013 season. Graham is 27, coming off his best season (49 catches, 545 yards, five touchdowns) and has improved every year he's been in the league.
Graham is just a younger, cheaper version of Daniels, one that's not quite as good yet, but one the Texans locked up for the next three years at a relatively affordable price of $11.25 million, with $4.5 million guaranteed.
The Texans did take a slight gamble, though. They cut Daniels early and let Graham test the open market, a move that might have been disastrous had Graham found a great deal elsewhere. But he didn't and Houston lucked out.