It has already been a busy couple of weeks for Eric Lee, who signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent earlier this month. Not long after signing with Houston, Lee was waived by the club, but according to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle, the Texans have officially re-signed the South Florida product, who is expected to transition from defensive end to outside linebacker.
Lee will work under the tutelage of linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, who, like Lee, was a defensive end at the collegiate level before making a successful transition to outside linebacker after being drafted by the Steelers. At 6-3, 260 pounds, Lee has the athleticism and mobility to make the transition himself, and he worked out privately for Vrabel prior to the draft. He finished his senior season with 45 tackles (12 for loss), five sacks, an interception, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He had a sack and an interception in the Miami Beach Bowl, and he served as a team captain. He also was a second-team all-conference selection who won the Lee Roy Selmon award as the Bulls’ top defensive lineman.
Lee drew interest from one of Vrabel’s former teams, the Patriots, prior to the draft. The Bears, Dolphins, and Buccaneers were also among the clubs reported to be interested in Lee’s services.
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