HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans have signed free agent
receiver and kick returner Andre' Davis to a multiyear contract.
Davis became a star on Houston's special teams last season,
returning 32 kickoffs for 968 yards and three touchdowns. With
Andre Johnson out for seven games with a knee sprain, Davis also
emerged as one of Houston's top receivers with 33 catches for 583
yards and three touchdowns.
The Texans made signing Davis a priority with the injury and
off-field problems of kick returner Jerome Mathis. Mathis missed
most of the last two seasons on injured reserve before being
charged with assaulting his pregnant common-law wife earlier this
The Texans have not given a qualifying offer to Mathis, a
restricted free agent. That means he's free to sign with any team.
After two seasons of playing mostly special teams in Buffalo and
New England, Davis revived his career in Houston. He had the
third-highest per catch average in the NFL last season with 17.7
yards a catch. A second-round pick in 2002, the 28-year-old started
his career with Cleveland.
Terms of the deal were not immediately available.