Free-agent OL Smith chooses Texans over Bills, Cardinals

HOUSTON -- Offensive lineman Wade Smith, an unrestricted free agent courted for his versatility, has agreed to terms with the Houston Texans, his Nashville-based agent, Brian Parker, confirmed Wednesday.

Smith's four-year deal includes $6.25 million in guaranteed money in the first year and averages about $3 million per season.

An eight-year veteran who started 16 games over the last two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith is expected to challenge for a starting job at guard or center with the Texans. He also was courted by the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals.

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