NFL Europe's league office kicked off the roster formation process over the weekend by assigning 100 players to the six teams. That was followed up by the head coaches' draft of the remaining NFL players that were designated to represent their clubs this spring. To round out the rosters, a free agent draft -- made up of players who are not currently under contract with an NFL team -- was conducted.
Here's where the Houston Texans players who are heading for Europe will be playing when the league kicks off it's 14th season on March 18th:
Jason Davis, DT: Davis was one of the top 100 assigned players who landed with the Berlin Thunder. Davis has been associated with the Texans since signing as an undrafted free agent back in 2003. He spent time on the practice squad that year and was even promoted to the active roster towards the end of the season. The following year resulted in more practice squad time, but he was released in the final wave of training camp cuts in 2005.
Anthony Floyd, S: Floyd was on the Colts practice squad in 2003 and the regular roster for part of 2003 and 2004. He has played in 17 games and has 38 tackles and a fumble recovery to date. He was also assigned to Berlin. Floyd could be a nice find for the Texans with the game experience he gained in Indianapolis.
Elliott Harris, DL: The former Arkansas lineman was a pickup by the Texans in December after he spent about a month on the Packers practice squad. Prior to that, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by Pittsburgh, but was released in their first round of camp cuts. He was assigned to the Frankfurt Galaxy.
Aaron Halterman, TE: The undrafted rookie out of Indiana was a Texans practice squad member this past season. He was assigned to the Rhein Fire.
Andre Torrey, LB: Torrey was the first Texan drafted by the head coaches. He was in the Patriots training camp in 2005, but was released from their practice squad in mid-September. He was a second-round pick by Berlin.
Kendrick Starling, WR: Starling was signed back in 2004 as an undrafted free agent by Houston, but he's bounced around between the Texans, Seahawks and Saints camps and practice squads. He was drafted in the fourth-round by the Rhein Fire.
Kevin Curtis, S: Also drafted in the fourth round was Curtis, who started his NFL career with the 49ers back in 2002. He was actually a draft pick by the Niners, but hit some bad luck when he tore his MCL during a preseason game and was put on injured reserve. He was also unable to play in 2003 as a result of the injury. The Packers gave him a two-week look late in training camp in 2004, and then he got a shot with the Raiders in 2005. He lasted until the first cuts of their training camp. Curtis will continue to try to mount his comeback, this time with the Texans, following a stint with the Cologne Centurions.
Mark Estelle, CB: Estelle was an undrafted free agent out of Utah State who landed with the Ravens for his first NFL training camp in 2005. He made it to the final cut, but will now be suiting up for the Centurions along with Curtis.
Jarrell Weaver, S: Weaver's only opportunity in 2005 was with the Colts. The former University of Miami defensive back was signed April 15th, but was waived in mid-July. He was on the Jets practice squad in 2004. Weaver was drafted in the eighth round by Berlin.
Neal Philpot, TE: In the 18th round, the Centurions added yet another Texan with the selection of Philpot. He got a look from the Jaguars for about two weeks in May before being released. Philpot played quarterback and fullback at Pittsburgh State.
Snapshot by team
Berlin Thunder: Jason Davis, DT; Anthony Floyd, S; Andre Torrey, LB; Jarrell Weaver, S
Cologne Centurions: Kevin Curits, S; Mark Estelle, CB; Neil Philpot, TE
Rhein Fire: Aaron Halterman, TE; Kendrick Starling, WR
Frankfurt Galaxy: Elliott Harris, DL