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Cody deal reported, not confirmed


Defensive tackle Shaun Cody started five games for the Detroit Lions during the 2008 season.

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The Texans have agreed to a three-year deal with Detroit Lions free agent defensive tackle Shaun Cody, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle. Cody, 26, would join defensive end Antonio Smith as the second defensive lineman to sign with the Texans during free agency.

No announcement has been made by the Texans at this time. Per team policy, all transactions, such as trades and free agent signings, are not official until they are announced by the team.

A second-round draft pick (37th overall) out of USC in 2005, Cody made 12 starts in four seasons with the Lions. He missed 10 games with a toe injury in 2006 but played in 47 of 48 games in his other three seasons. Cody started five games for the Lions in 2008, recording a career-high 37 tackles, and has 1.5 sacks in his career.

At 6-4, 310 pounds, Cody would add bulk to the interior of the Texans' defensive line. The other defensive tackles on the roster are Amobi Okoye, Travis Johnson, Frank Okam and DelJuan Robinson. Sixteen-year veteran Jeff Zgonina is an unrestricted free agent.

In a decorated career at USC, Cody was named first-team All-American and Pac-10 co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. He was the *USA Today *All-USA Defensive MVP in 2000 after his senior season at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, Calif.

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