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Report: Texans reach terms with Caldwell, Casey


Rookie center Antoine Caldwell is reportedly set to sign a deal with the Texans on Monday along with rookie tight end James Casey.

The Houston Chronicle has reported that the Texans have come to contract agreements with two more draft picks in center Antoine Caldwell and tight end James Casey. The Chronicle reports that both players are expected to sign four-year contracts on Monday.

Per team policy, all transactions such as free agent signings are trades are not official until they officially are announced by the Texans.

If the report is confirmed, linebacker Brian Cushing and defensive end Connor Barwin will be the Texans' only remaining unsigned draft picks with training camp approaching on July 31.

Caldwell, a third-round pick out of Alabama, provides the Texans with valuable depth at center and guard. He lined up at every offensive line position but left tackle in four seasons as a starter at Alabama, allowing only one quarterback sack during his final 23 games. He also was a two-time captain and the first Alabama player to graduate in less than three years.

Casey, a fifth-round pick from Rice, practiced at tight end and tried his hand at long snapper during OTAs and mini-camp. A former minor league baseball player in the Chicago White Sox organization, Casey is a gifted athlete who is expected to help the Texans right away on special teams. He lined up at receiver, quarterback, defensive end and punt returner during his college career and would have been Rice's starting quarterback had he returned for a third collegiate season.

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