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Texans TE Daniels, LB Sharpton sign contracts

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By PFW staff

Texans TE Owen Daniels signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender with the club on Friday, the club announced. Daniels' contract is worth $3.168 million.

Daniels, 27, caught 40 passes for 519 yards and five touchdowns in 2010. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last November. Daniels will be held out of training camp as he recovers from the injury, head coach Gary Kubiak said in May. However, Daniels has worked diligently to rehabilitate the injury and has also helped young TEs James Casey and Garrett Graham, who have received more practice time in his absence.

The Texans also announced the signing of LB Darryl Sharpton, a fourth-round pick from Miami (Fla.) and Houston's fourth draft selection to sign with the club. Sharpton will compete for a reserve role with the Texans. He notched 106 tackles in his final season at Miami.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that Sharpton "lacks instincts and is not a great athlete but plays with surprising pop and offers versatility to fill a role as a solid swing backup."

The club also waived/injured WR Trey Stross and waived Aaron Webster on Friday.  


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