WEDNESDAY, 4:20pm: The Texans have officially announced the signing of Polk, via a team release.
TUESDAY, 6:16pm: Polk’s deal calls for him to earn a $660K base salary and he can make an additional $100K through per-game bonuses, according to McClain (on Twitter).
5:00pm: It’ll be a one-year deal for Polk, a source tells Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter link).
4:43pm: Four days after he officially became an unrestricted free agent, former Eagles running back Chris Polk has found a new home. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter), Polk has reached an agreement to sign with the Texans.
Polk, 25, took on a slightly larger role in Philadelphia’s offense last season behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, totaling 172 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries. After agreeing to a trade that sent McCoy to the Bills, the Eagles – presumably expecting Polk to play an even more significant part on the offense in 2015 – assigned him a $1.542MM RFA tender.
Later in March, however, the Eagles landed DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews to go along with Sproles, creating a bit of a crowd on the team’s running back depth chart. After reportedly approaching Polk about signing for less than his $1.542MM tender, the team elected to rescind that tender last Friday, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent and sign anywhere.
Arian Foster still has a firm hold on the Texans’ No. 1 running back job, but Houston could use some depth at the position, and has been linked to multiple running backs in the draft. Polk figures to challenge Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, and Ben Malena for playing time and touches in camp this summer.
Per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times (via Twitter), Polk also received some interest from the Seahawks before he decided to sign with the Texans.