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Cornerback Jamar Fletcher meets with Texans

Free agents continue to flow through Reliant Stadium. On Thursday, cornerback Jamar Fletcher met with the Texans to discuss a possible role in the Houston secondary this fall. Fletcher played for the Detroit Lions in 2006.

Like many players looking for new homes this offseason, playing time is at the top of Fletcher's list of requirements for potential suitors.

Houston's secondary was bitten by the injury bug last season and while incumbent starters Dunta Robinson and Demarcus Faggins remain under contract, depth is still a need in the secondary

Last year, Fletcher led the Lions with three interceptions. He thinks his success came in large part due to what he says he's looking for in his new team.

"Opportunity, I just believe I was given the opportunity to go out there and show what I can do as a player," Fletcher said. "That's my main thing, just to have an opportunity to go out and show what I can do as a player. They gave me that and just the fact that I only played 13 games and still led the team in turnovers just shows I have a lot left."

A seven-year veteran, Fletcher also has made stops in San Diego and Miami prior to his one-year stint with the Lions. Judging from what he had to say Wednesday, Fletcher looks to be ready to leave the Lions behind and head to Houston next season.

"I think this is a beautiful situation," Fletcher said of the Texans. "I would love to come down here and play for the Houston Texans. I know things have to be handled on a business end, but as far as I'm concerned, I would love to be here and be a Texan.

"It's a beautiful place, beautiful city, (I) met some of the coaches, met some of the players, I actually know some of the players, so it's wonderful."

Fletcher already has met with the Titans and Chiefs, but hopes this will be the last stop on his travel itinerary.

"I believe this is a team on the rise, (the front office) is doing a lot of things to better the team," Fletcher said. "It's obvious, you bring in (Matt) Schaub and Ahman Green, you have a young defense and a lot of young talent and if I come on board I definitely think we can take this thing a long way."

If signed, Fletcher would be in a battle with Faggins to play opposite of Robinson, and that's another reason why Fletcher wants to play in Houston this season.

"As a corner ,you look at a lot of things, but first and foremost you see that other corner and number 23 (Dunta Robinson) is a good player and with me added to the mix we can do a lot of great things."

And what are some of those great things that Fletcher would bring to Houston?

"Playmaking ability, definitely a veteran leadership on and off the field, and just being able to show the young guys how to work and do the right things," Fletcher said.

A former Thorpe Award winner at the University of Wisconsin, Fletcher left Madison after his junior season. So while he's a seven-year vet, at just 27 years old, his best days could be ahead of him.

Originally selected in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft (26th overall) by the Dolphins, Fletcher offered fans an insight into the Texans' front office before ending his brief trip to Reliant Stadium.

"Everyone is on the same page and when everyone is on the same page, that's a good start," Fletcher said.

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