Colvin visits Texans

Outside linebacker Rosevelt Colvin is visiting the Texans Wednesday. Colvin, a free agent who recently met with the Colts, has made a name for himself as a pass rusher.

And that's just what the Texans have been looking for - another outside threat who will keep teams from double-teaming defensive end Mario Williams.

"He adds a pass-rush type of element for us, if we are able to add him or are so inclined to do so," general manager Rick Smith said. "That's what it is. It's an exploratory type of visit. We want to get a look at him and see how healthy he is and continue to talk to him."

Colvin started only 10 games for New England last season because of a foot injury. The Patriots signed the 6-foot-3, 250-pound linebacker as an unrestricted free agent in 2003. He had two sacks in his first two games that season before suffering a hip injury. In 2005, Colvin bounced back to lead the Patriots with seven sacks in 2005 and 8.5 sacks in 2006.

"I coached against him for many years and know he's a fine, fine player," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "We are going to keep looking around and to see if we can find somebody we think can help us. Everybody talks about us needing a pass rusher and that type of thing, but if we can find anybody that we think can help us as we move forward in camp, we are going to listen."

Colvin was drafted by the Bears out of Purdue in 1999 and spent his first four seasons in Chicago. He recorded 10.5 sacks in both 2001 and 2002. Ironically, Smith, a Purdue alum, was the one who convinced Colvin to become a Boilermaker.

"I recruited Rosevelt Colvin out if high school," Smith said. "He was at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis and I was at Purdue at the time and I was successful in convincing him to come to Purdue. And he had a pretty good career."

  • Brooke Bentley
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