Here’s a look back at some of the Texans most notable pre-Draft free agent signings over the past five years.
-Safety Ed Reed (Baltimore)
-Linebacker Bradie James (Dallas)
-Punter Donnie Jones (St. Louis)
-Defensive tackle Shaun Cody (Detroit)
-Quarterback Dan Orlovsky (Detroit)
-Linebacker Cato June (Tampa Bay)
The Texans added their biggest impact free agents in franchise history in 2011. Being a lockout year, teams were allowed to re-sign their own free agents before the end of the 2010 league year, but could not sign any new players during the lockout period. Both Joseph and Manning, signed on July 29, 2011, were starters on Houston’s second-ranked defense that allowed just 285.7 yards per game and helped pave the way for the team’s first AFC South Championship and playoff berth.
This offseason, Antonio Smith, signed in 2009 after spending five seasons in Arizona, is once again an unrestricted free agent. Smith, who has started 78-of-79 games, registered 194 tackles, 27.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in his five seasons as a Texan.
For 2014, teams will have some additional salary cap space, designated at $133,000,000 per club. Teams must be in compliance with the salary cap at the start of free agency on March 11.