The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Houston Texans have signed fourth-round pick, tight end from Wisconsin Garrett Graham on July 28th.
This will be Graham's second time to play behind Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels; he was Daniels’ back up during Grahams first year in college.
The Texans are a tight end heavy team, and Graham is number four on the depth chart not only behind Daniels, but Joel Dreessen and James Casey as well. Nevertheless, Graham is a solid draft choice for a team that runs as many double tight end sets as the Texans do on Sunday mornings.
According to the Chronicle, Graham signed a four year $2.59 million deal including about an $800,000 signing bonus.
Graham was selected first team All Big-Ten for two consecutive years in a row during his 2008 and 2009 college seasons. While engaged in his college career, Graham had 121 receptions with 16 touchdowns and over 1400 yards.
Coming in the league at 6’3” and 241 pounds, Graham is not just a receiving tight end, but has been commended for his blocking ability as well.
Due to injuries sustained by both Dreessen and Daniels, expect to see tons of No. 88 Garrett Graham during the 2010 preseason games. Once the regular season kicks off, Garret Graham will be a valuable addition to the Texans special teams unit, and should creep into the offensive scheme as the season progresses.
Graham may even become more valuable if the Texans and Owen Daniels can’t come to terms for the 2011 season…that is if there isn’t a lock out anyway.