4:45pm: Clemons’ two-year deal with the Texans will be worth $2.7MM, with $450K guaranteed, tweets John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
4:09pm: The Texans have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with safety Chris Clemons, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com (via Twitter). The former Dolphin, of course, is not the same Chris Clemons that signed with the Jaguars earlier this month.
The newest Texan joins a crowded mix of safeties in Houston, considering the team already added Kendrick Lewis to a group that figures to include Shiloh Keo, Danieal Manning, and D.J. Swearinger as well. Earlier today, Ganguli reported that the Texans were working on getting Manning to accept a pay cut, so it’ll be interesting to see how the signing of Clemons relates to that situation — if Manning declines, perhaps Clemons will replace him on the roster. Either way, a restructure or release of Manning would help create some cap flexibility to put toward Clemons’ deal.
Clemons, 28, started all 32 games for the Dolphins over the last two seasons, recording 92 tackles and an interception in 2013. Only Reshad Jones played more snaps in 2013 at safety than Clemons, who graded as the league’s 19th-best player at the position among 86 qualified candidates, according to Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics (subscription required).