The Houston Texans have announced more signings to the 2006 season team. A press conference was held by Head Coach Gary Kubiak on Sunday to announce the new members of the Texans organization. These signings include FB Jameel Cook formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DE Anthony Weaver formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, and QB Sage Rosenfels formerly of the Miami Dolphins. Cook was brought onto the team on Saturday, March 11 while both Weaver and Sage were signed on Sunday, March 12. The Texans have additionally re-signed Fred Weary to the team.
Cook (5-10, 237) has 5 years of total NFL experience, all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last season he played in all 16 games for the Bucs, catching 7 passes for 43 yards and scoring one touchdown. He attended college at Illinois before being drafted by Tampa Bay in 2001.
Weaver (6-3, 280) has played in the NFL for 4 years with the Baltimore Ravens. Before that, Weaver attended college at Notre Dame. He was drafted in the second round by the Ravens, the 52nd overall pick in the 2002 draft. Weaver will be an explosive addition to the Texans defensive line. He has the ability to get into the backfield of opposing teams and create chaos for them. A hard-hitter with quick feet, Weaver will be a hard standing asset to the defense. His pass rushing skills have steadily improved and he should be a solid starter for the Texans.
Rosenfels (6-4, 225) has been in the NFL for 5 years, but is lacking in actual playing time on the field. During his 5 seasons, Rosenfels has played in 13 games with only 2 professional starts. Last season with the Miami Dolphins he was given the opportunity to start one game, and see action in three others. During these games he completed 34 of 61 passes (48.4%) for 462 yards. He threw four touchdowns last season, along with 3 interceptions. After attending college at Iowa State, Rosenfels was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2001, where he played for one season before being traded to the Dolphins. He was selected in the fourth round where he was the 109th pick overall.
Only one of these new acquisitions by the Texans is likely to be a starter. Weary has the potential to start each game for the Texans next year. Cook will most likely also see quite a bit of playing time since the Texans released FB Jonathan Wells into Unrestricted Free Agency. At this time it is possible that Cook could be a potential starter for the Texans as well. Since the Texans have extended the contract of current QB David Carr, it is unlikely that Sage will see any action outside of a backup capacity.
With the signing of another quarterback, those who have hoped for the Texans to use their first draft pick of the upcoming draft to obtain Vince Young may have some wind taken out of their sails. While it is still unknown what the Texans will do with their pick, the team is making several positive steps to build themselves into a competitive team again.