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Texans sign Whitney Mercilus

Updated: June 14, 2012, 6:18 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans signed first-round pick Whitney Mercilus to a four-year deal on Thursday.

Mercilus was the 26th overall pick in this year's draft out of Illinois.

"It's great to get it off my mind and just concentrate straight on football and everything," he said. "Just more concentrating instead of having a monkey on my back, no doubt and just getting in front of the fans."

The 6-foot-4, 254-pound player was a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme at Illinois but ...

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