This Houston Texans coaching staff values versatility tremendously.
Danieal Manning, new to the Bill O'Brien regime, has it.
The safety signed with the Texans this morning after agreeing to a deal yesterday. He flew back to Houston, back to his home state, and back to a team whose defensive fortunes he helped change three seasons ago.
In his three seasons with the Texans, Manning played free safety and strong safety. He returned kicks occasionally, providing a spark when he did, but didn't do that often because he was too valuable to the team's defense.
The Texans wanted to keep Manning in the spring, but at a lower price than the $4.5 million they owed him for 2014. His release by the Cincinnati Bengals was an opportunity to do that.
I'll be interested to see how and where the Texans use Manning. He played well in the preseason for the Bengals, scoring on a pick-six against the Colts last week. He'll have to catch up on the Texans' terminology and defense, but if he isn't impacted by the knee hyperextension that ended his 2013 season, I could definitely see Manning challenging for a starting role.