Strong safety Chris Clemons
compiled 93 tackles last season with the Dolphins
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The Houston Texans looked to veteran Ed Reed to help fill a need at safety last season, but he failed to make an impact and was released from the team midway throughout the season. This offseason, adding safety help was once again a priority, and the team has been adding a number of bodies to the depth chart.
After current safety Danieal Manning refused to take a pay cut and reduce his $4.5 million salary, the Texans went out and signed free agent safety Chris Clemons to a two-year deal in a move that may spell the end of Manning's time in Houston.
The news comes from Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed at this time.
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Clemons had a relatively quiet market in the first few weeks of free agency, with the Detroit Lions being one of the only teams to show interest, but he now has a home and can focus on preparing for the 2014 season.
For Manning, he will likely need to begin looking for a new starting job elsewhere.
Along with adding Clemons this offseason, the Texans signed Kendrick Lewis, who had spent the first four years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs. The other safeties on Houston's roster are D.J. Swearinger, the team's 2013 second-round pick, and former fifth-round pick Shiloh Keo.
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