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Texans ink receiver and linebacker


Johnson joins a growing stable of wide receivers.

HOUSTON - The Houston Texans have agreed to a contract with free agents WR Bethel Johnson and LB Zac Woodfin, it was announced today.

Johnson (5-11, 200), a former Texas A&M standout, has caught 39 passes for 606 yards and four touchdowns in his four-year career. He has also excelled as a kick returner, averaging 24.6 yards on 147 career kickoff returns, including a pair of touchdowns.

After being selected in the second round of the draft by New England in 2003, Johnson earned two Super Bowl championship rings in three seasons with the Patriots before being traded to New Orleans in 2006. He spent the majority of the 2006 campaign with Minnesota after being released by the Saints.

The Corsicana, Texas native saw action in 11 games with two starts at receiver last season for Minnesota and caught nine passes for 156 yards. Johnson also returned 45 kicks for 1,054 yards (23.4 average) with a long of 65 yards. Johnson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 8, and was released by the Eagles on June 5.

Woodfin (6-1, 235) spent the last three weeks of the 2005 season with the Baltimore Ravens and made his NFL debut against Green Bay (12/19/05), recording one tackle. The Alabama-Birmingham alumnus was out of football in 2006 after being released by the Ravens prior to training camp last year.

Following player was acquired via trade (1):

QB Matt Schaub (6-5, 237) Last team: Atlanta Falcons

Following are free agents the Texans have signed from other teams (9):

LB Shawn Barber (6-2, 240) Last team: Philadelphia Eagles

OT Jordan Black (6-5, 310) Last team: Kansas City Chiefs

LB Danny Clark (6-2, 245) Last team: New Orleans Saints

WR Andre' Davis (6-1, 195) Last team: Buffalo Bills

RB Ahman Green (6-0, 218) Last team: Green Bay Packers

CB Jamar Fletcher (5-10, 186) Last team: Detroit Lions

WR Bethel Johnson (5-11, 200) Last team: Philadelphia Eagles

LB Zac Woodfin (6-1, 235) Last team: Baltimore Ravens

DT Jeff Zgonina (6-2, 290) Last team: Miami Dolphins

Following are the free agents the Texans have re-signed (20):

WR Charlie Adams (6-2, 210) Exclusive Rights Player

WR David Anderson (5-10, 197) Exclusive Rights Player

CB Roc Alexander (5-10, 190) Restricted Free Agent

TE Mark Bruener (6-4, 256) Unrestricted Free Agent

DT Tim Bulman (6-4, 292) Exclusive Rights Player

DE Earl Cochran (6-5, 272) Exclusive Rights Player

RB Ron Dayne (5-10, 245) Unrestricted Free Agent

RB Samkon Gado (5-10, 226) Exclusive Rights Player

CB Von Hutchins (5-9, 181) Restricted Free Agent

T Scott Jackson (6-4, 302) Exclusive Rights Player

DE N.D. Kalu (6-3, 265) Unrestricted Free Agent

RB Vonta Leach (6-0, 250) Restricted Free Agent

DT Anthony Maddox (6-1, 295) Exclusive Rights Player

DT Alfred Malone (6-5, 308) Exclusive Rights Player

CB Dexter McCleon (5-10, 195) Unrestricted Free Agent

OT Ephraim Salaam (6-7, 302) Unrestricted Free Agent

TE Ben Steele (6-5, 245) Exclusive Rights Player

P Chad Stanley (6-3, 209) Unrestricted Free Agent

RB Chris Taylor (6-0, 224) Exclusive Rights Player

QB Bradlee Van Pelt (6-2, 222) Exclusive Rights Player

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