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Houston Texans Inside Slant 2009-03-02


Houston Texans Inside Slant 2009-03-02
The Texans are coming and going through a revolving door these days.


On Wednesday, the Texans reached an agreement on a three-year contract with starting free safety Eugene Wilson and released defensive end Anthony Weaver, offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam and safety Will Demps.

By the weekend, they had replaced Weaver with Antonio Smith, a free agent from Arizona, and quarterback Sage Rosenfels was traded to Minnesota for a fourth-round draft choice.

By releasing Weaver, Salaam and Demps, the Texans saved $3.995 million against the salary cap.

Weaver started the last three seasons after playing his first four seasons at Baltimore.

"I'm saddened because I built a lot of good relationships in Houston and made a lot of friends," Weaver said. "I'm disappointed because I didn't get to finish what we started, and that was to make the playoffs.

"I have no animosity, zero hard feelings. It was a blessing to be here. We just had a difference of opinion. I wanted to be here, and they wanted to go in a different direction."

Weaver could end up with the New York Jets or Denver Broncos. His defensive coordinator in Baltimore was Mike Nolan, the Broncos' new defensive coordinator. Weaver's defensive line coach at Baltimore was Rex Ryan, the Jets' new head coach.

"It's too early to say right now," Weaver said. "This just became official. I do think I'll play somewhere, but I just don't know where."

Like Weaver, Salaam signed with the Texans as a free agent in 2006. He was scheduled to back up rookie Charles Spencer, but Spencer suffered a season-ending injury and Salaam replaced him for 14 games. He started every game in 2007.

Last season, Salaam received a lot of playing time as a backup to rookie Duane Brown.

"It's a business, and I can't control it," Salaam said. "It's something that happens. I'm sorry I didn't reach my goal of helping the Texans make the playoffs."

Rashad Butler, who has been with the Texans the last two seasons, will have to step into Salaam's role as the swing tackle behind Brown and Eric Winston.

"Gary (Kubiak) told me they want to see how he (Butler) develops," Salaam said. "I didn't know I was getting in the way of his development. I believe I'm still capable of playing and playing at a very high level when I get another chance. Right now, I don't know where that chance will be."

Demps played two seasons with the Texans. When Wilson and Nick Ferguson were inserted as starters last season, Demps was demoted and didn't resurface. The Texans expect to re-sign Ferguson as a backup to Wilson and second-year strong safety Dominique Barber.



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Added: March 2, 2009

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