Houston Texans hope to re-sign Garrett Graham


Teams around the league have one more week to lock down their own horde of free agents, something the Texans hope to do with Garrett Graham.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Houston is hoping to work out a new contract with the pass-catching tight end before he hits the open market. If the Texans can't re-sign Graham, they'll face competition come March 11.

Rapoport was told that the Packers have their sights set on Graham, according to a source informed of the player's market. Green Bay's decision-makers have been high on the tight end since he came out of Wisconsin in 2010 and believe that Graham fits their scheme.

He won't make anyone forget about Owen Daniels in his prime, but the 27-year-old Graham gave the Texans a viable target at the position last season. His 49 catches for 545 receiving yards and five scores were all career highs, with much of that coming with chaos erupting under center in Houston during a 2-14 disaster.

New Texans coach Bill O'Brien has been locked away with last season's game tape and apparently views Graham as a keeper. We're not convinced Daniels will be retained, and neither is he.

Back to Green Bay: With Jermichael Finley set to hit free agency as our top-ranked tight end, it makes sense for the Packers to mine the open market for help. If Graham -- No. 4 in our rankings -- gets that far, he's a ripe target for a return to the Badger State.

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