Texans ink free agent safety Clemons

Texans ink free agent safety Clemons
March 28, 2014, 4:30 pm
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The Texans have signed safety Chris Clemons to a two-year deal worth $2.7 million, with $450,000 guaranteed.

Clemons, 28, visited the Texans on Friday and but didn't leave Houston as a free agent. Clemons played his first five seasons for the Miami Dolphins.

Clemons started all 16 games in each of the last two seasons for the Dolphins, who drafted him back in 2009. Clemons totaled 63 and 72 tackles respectively in the last two seasons to go along with three interceptions and 12 passes defended in the last two years. Clemons is younger then Danieal Manning, who will turn 32 before the start of next season and is coming off a fractured fibula suffered last season.

A report surfaced on Friday saying that veteran safety Manning had agreed to a pay cut. As of early Friday evening, he had not. According to a league source, the Texans have approached Manning to take a pay cut but a decision hasn't yet been made. Manning is set to make $4.5 million in base salary with a cap hit of $6 million in 2014 in the final year of his contract with the Texans.

The Texans have six safeties on their roster: Clemens, D.J. Swearinger, Manning, Shiloh Keo, Eddie Pleasant and Kendrick Lewis, who signed as a free agent this offseason from Kansas City.

Clemons was originally a fifth-rounder out of Clemson in 2009.

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