Texans extend tender offers to Foster, six restricted free agents

The Texans have offered tenders to restricted free agents DE Mark Anderson, G Mike Brisiel, T Rashad Butler, TE Owen Daniels, WR Jacoby Jones and QB Matt Leinart, and exclusive rights free agent RB Arian Foster, the team announced today.

Anderson (6-4, 255) was signed as a free agent in Week 5 of the 2010 regular season. He went on to appear in 11 games for the Texans, including three starts at right defensive end. Anderson finished the season with 21 tackles and tied for second on the team with 4.0 sacks.

Brisiel (6-5, 302) originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Texans in 2006. In 2010, Brisiel started nine of the 12 games he appeared in at right guard before he was placed on the injured reserve with a knee injury, missing the final three games of the season.

Butler (6-4, 309) was claimed off waivers by the Texans in 2007.  He appeared in a career-high 16 games in 2010, including the first four starts of his career at left tackle to start the season.

Daniels (6-3, 242) was drafted in the fourth round (99th overall) by the Texans in 2006.  He battled back from a knee injury that knocked him out of the 2009 season and a hamstring injury that forced him to miss five games in 2010 to rank fifth on the team with 38 receptions for 471 yards and two touchdowns.

Foster (6-1, 227) signed with the Texans in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee. Foster had one of the best years ever by an undrafted player, leading the NFL with 1,616 rushing yards, 18 total touchdowns and 2,220 yards from scrimmage. He was also named first team All-Pro and to his first career Pro Bowl in 2010.

Jones (6-2, 210) was drafted in the third round (73rd overall) by the Texans in 2007. He set career highs with 51 receptions for 562 yards and returned 23 kickoffs for 494 yards in 2010. Jones is also the franchise career leader with 130 punt returns for 1,302 yards and two touchdowns.

Leinart (6-5, 232) was signed by the Texans following the 2010 preseason and served as the team's third quarterback for the entire season. The former Heisman Trophy winner and 2006 first round draft pick has thrown for 3,893 yards and 14 touchdowns with 17 starts in his career.

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