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Charles James, II: "The decision was easy"

Charles James, II signed a contract extension with the Texans on Monday.

He didn't celebrate with a fancy meal.

He didn't buy a new car.

He didn't pop champagne, much less a bottle of beer.

"I actually just grabbed some fruit snacks and put on my socks," James said Tuesday on Texans Radio. "I'm a pretty simple guy. I enjoy the simple things."

The cornerback and special teams standout played nine games for the Texans last season, and finished with five special teams tackles and 14 total tackles. He battled a broken bone in one of his feet for much

of that span, and was placed on injured reserve December 29. But James said his health is on the upswing.

"Everything's actually healing up fine," James said. "I feel like I'm pretty much ahead of schedule but we're still taking it slow. Hopefully I'll be out there for OTAs and be able to run around with the guys."

James made a name for himself during training camp and the preseason when he was featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'. He was one of the final cuts from 75 to 53, and he signed on with the Baltimore practice squad on September 8. The Ravens released him on October 17th, and two days later he was back in Houston and actually a member of the 53-man roster.

"I'm truly blessed," James said. "Thankful. Just being in the situation to where I could sign a contract and play another year in the League is a blessing. I never take anything in this world for granted."

Because of the excitement he generated within the Texans fanbase and around town with his personality and play, James said signing the extension was a no-brainer.

"I didn't want to go anywhere else," James said. "For me, the decision was easy: stay in Houston. I love the City. The fans are great. The organization, most importantly, showed a lot of love there. They let me be me as a person. I just love the team atmosphere."

James and the Texans will gather for offseason conditioning work on April 18 at NRG Stadium and the Houston Methodist Training Center. 


CB Charles James' career as a Texan, Giant and collegian at Charleston Southern is profiled here in photos.

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