Texans agree to terms with ILB James

Posted April 12, 2012 @ 4:31 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 4:31 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 12

The Texans have added another piece to their new-look linebacking corps, agreeing to terms on Thursday with free-agent ILB Bradie James. The news was first reported by PFW correspondent John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Terms and conditions of the deal were not announced.

James played the first nine seasons of his career with the Cowboys. He played in all 16 games last season for Dallas, starting 13, but recorded only 44 tackles, a major drop-off considering he had 100 or more stops every year between 2006-10.

In Houston, James will reunite with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, his head coach with the Cowboys from 2007-10. Playing in the 3-4 defense, James may step in for DeMeco Ryans, who was traded to the Eagles earlier in the offseason.

The Texans also re-signed ILB Tim Dobbins, McClain reported. Dobbins played for the Chargers from 2006-09 and spent the 2010 season with the Dolphins. He joined Houston last August and recorded 13 tackles in 15 games.

The way we see it

James will compete with Darryl Sharpton for the starting WILB position opposite SILB Brian Cushing. The Texans are high on Sharpton, who took playing time away from Ryans last season before suffering a season-ending quad injury, but the third-year former University of Miami product has had a difficult time staying on the field.

James, meanwhile, has plenty of experience in Phillips' defense and, though his production waned last season, he   adds another veteran presence to Houston's young linebacking corps.