*HOUSTON - **The Houston Texans released LB Jamie Sharper, it was announced today.
The nine-year veteran was taken by the Texans in the 2002 expansion draft from the Baltimore Ravens.
"We want to thank Jamie for all he's done over the past three years and we wish him well," Texans general manager Charley Casserly said.
Sharper (6-3, 239), originally drafted by the Ravens in the second round from the University of Virginia in 1997, started all 48 games at middle linebacker since 2002 for head coach Dom Capers in the Texans 3-4 scheme.
"He's been extremely productive for us," Capers said. "We wish him well with whatever team he ends up catching on with."
The Texans currently have 69 players on the active roster.