Texans Worked Out Three Players

According to Aaron Wilson, the Houston Texans brought in three players for workouts on Tuesday including veteran LB Brandon Marshall, LB Dekoda Watson, and DB Marcus Cooper

Marshall is one of the best available linebackers right now and should be able to secure a roster in the coming days/weeks.

Marshall, 29, is a former fifth-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2012. However, he lasted just over a year in Jacksonville before he was waived at the start of the 2013 season and later signed to the Broncos practice squad.

Denver brought Marshall back for the 2016 season on a one-year, restricted tender before eventually agreeing to a five-year, $34.553 million contract that includes $20 million guaranteed. He was set to make a base salary of $6.5 million for the 2019 season when the Broncos declined his option.

Marshall signed a one-year contract with the Raiders this past March, but wound up being released coming out of the preseason. This is the first reported interest in him since becoming a free agent. 

In 2018, Marshall appeared in 11 games for the Broncos and recorded 42 tackles and no sacks or interceptions.

Watson, 31, is a former seventh-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2010. He wound up playing out his rookie contract with the team before signings on with the Jaguars in March of 2014.

After brief stints with the Cowboys, Patriots and Broncos, Watson signed a three-year, $6 million contract that included $1 million guaranteed with the 49ers last year. He stood to make a base salary of $1.45 million in 2019. 

Watson was competing for a backup role at outside linebacker and on special teams. Denver traded for Watson from San Francisco back in April for a fifth-round pick but was cut last week. 

In 2018, Watson appeared in four games for the 49ers and recorded six total tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble. 

Cooper, 29, is a former seventh-round pick of the 49ers back in 2013. He was unable to make the 49ers’ 53-man roster during his rookie season but was later claimed off of waivers by the Chiefs.

The Chiefs traded Cooper to the Cardinals in return for a conditional 2018 seventh-round pick and he played out his contract before signing a three-year, $16 million deal with the Bears in 2017.

Unfortunately, the Bears cut him loose last year and he was later claimed off of waivers by the Lions. Detroit elected to waive him earlier this offseason and was signed by the Jets. 

He was among New York’s final roster cuts coming out of the preseason. 

In 2018, Cooper appeared in two games for the Bears and four games for the Lions, recording one tackle, one forced fumble, and no interceptions.

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