The Houston Texans signed LB Wali Rainer from the Lions and
WR Jake Schifino today.
Rainer (6-4, 240) comes from Detroit, where he has spent
the last 3 seasons of his NFL career that spans 7 seasons. During this career
Rainer has totaled 520 tackles (385 solo), 4 sacks, and 1 interception. While
he played in each of the 16 regular season games last year, he started 5 games.
Rainer joined the NFL as a fourth round pick (128th overall) to the Cleveland Browns in 1999.
Jake Schifino (6-1, 201) joins the Texans for his 5th
season in the NFL. His playing experience is limited, having only played in 14
games during his professional career. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in
2002 as a fifth round pick (151st overall). Schifino played for the Titans for
three years before being traded to the New England Patriots last season, where
he attended training camp but was released before the start of the season.
Both of these players are in positions that the Texans seem
to be looking to establish more depth. The Texans have made special focus to
successfully sign several different Line Backers and Wide Receivers during free
Texans Secure Deal with Eric Moulds
The Houston Texans were successful in making a deal that is
satisfactory to both Eric Moulds and his former team, the Buffalo Bills. It was
speculated last week that the Texans were very close to making a deal with
Moulds, but still had work to do with the Bills. In return for Moulds, the
Texans are giving Buffalo the first pick in the fifth round in the upcoming
draft (134th pick overall).
Moulds (6-2, 210) was given a 4 year contract worth $14
million dollars, plus a $5 million dollar signing bonus.
During his 10 years with the Buffalo Bills, Moulds has
marked over 9,000 yards and 48 touchdowns. He will be a veteran the Texans will
look at to help teach and mold the teams young receivers.