HOUSTON - The Houston Texans have agreed to a contract with unrestricted free agent LB Danny Clark, it was announced today.
Clark (6-2, 245) was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (245th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. He spent the first four years of his career in Jacksonville where he played in 61 games with 28 starts. In 2002, his first year as a full-time starter, Clark recorded 91 tackles, two sacks and an interception.
The former Illinois star signed with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent in 2004 and started 31 of 32 games at middle linebacker over two seasons with the Raiders. He led the Raiders in tackles in both seasons, racking up 129 tackles and two sacks in 2004 and 113 stops and one sack in 2005.
Last year, Clark saw action in all 16 regular season games for the New Orleans Saints and totaled 29 tackles as a reserve linebacker. Clark also played in both playoff games, including the NFC Championship Game. In addition to his work on defense, Clark also contributed on special teams.
Clark, born in Blue Island, Ill., ranks sixth on Illinois' all-time tackle list with 384 tackles, just past Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus. He was a three-time honorable mention All-Big 10 linebacker and started 44 of 45 games in four seasons in Champaign. Clark holds a degree in Communication and has begun work on a graduate degree.