Texans Waive/Injured DB Richard Leonard, Officially Sign DT Ra’Zahn Howard

The Houston Texans officially signed supplemental DT Ra’Zahn Howard to a contract on Wednesday and waived DB Richard Leonard with an injury designation.

After the news broke that Howard had signed with Houston last week, he said he was ready for the opportunity.

I’m ready to make the Houston Texans proud,” Howard tells Aaron Wilson. “I’m geeked up and ready to make an impact. My Pro Day wasn’t too good, but I’m getting in better shape now.

Howard is the second prospect to sign a contract just hours after going undrafted.

Of the six players eligible to be drafted, Howard was considered to be the guy with the best odds of being selected. However, no team was willing to use a future pick of any of this year’s supplemental prospects.

Howard played three seasons at Purdue, but elected to enter the 2016 supplemental draft due to academic reasons, according to Schefter. Reports from a month ago mentioned that Howard was planning to transfer from Purdue, but he’ll now focus on a pro career.

During his college career, Howard recorded 47 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss including three sacks, a fumble recovery and four pass defenses.

Leonard, 24, wound up signing on with the Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Florida International. However, he suffered a torn torn hamstring during OTA practice back in June.

During his four-year college career, Leonard recorded 196 tackles, 6.5 sacks, seven interceptions, 21 pass defenses, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

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