HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have claimed safety Marlon McCree from the Jacksonville Jaguars and waived safety Travares Tillman. McCree spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars, starting 27 of 29 games played, including all 16 in 2002.
McCree (5-11, 198) tied the Jaguars single-season record (Aaron Beasley-1999) and led Jacksonville in interceptions with six last season. With the six picks, he finished second in the AFC and fifth overall. He also has 128 career interception return yards, second most in Jaguars history.
With a new coach in Jacksonville and with the selection of S Rashean Mathis in the second round (39th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft, McCree was reduced to a backup role. He contributed five tackles in two games as a backup this season. The Jaguars made nine roster moves, including the release of McCree, after the team suffered their second loss of the 2003 season (9-16-03).
As a seventh round draft choice in 2001, McCree switched from linebacker at Kentucky to safety with the Jaguars. McCree graduated from Kentucky with a degree in finance in 2000.
To make room on the roster, the Texans waived safety Travares Tillman. Tillman incurred a wrist injury during training camp.