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Houston Texans sign former Jags wideout Cecil Shorts

The Texans have been actively searching the secondary receiver market all offseason.

On Monday, they landed one of the best available.

Former Jaguars standout Cecil Shorts III has signed a deal with Houston, the Texans announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for two years and $6 million.

FOX Sports Ohio first reported the pact.

At 27, Shorts still has plenty of good years ahead of him and over-performed on a Jaguars team with few good options to get him the ball. His best season was in 2012 when he caught 55 passes for 979 yards and seven touchdowns from a combination of Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert.

If nothing else, Shorts' route-running ability and sure hands are a worthwhile experiment for the Texans. They can place him alongside another playmaker in DeAndre Hopkins and offer him the chance to play in a strong rushing offense that could lead itself to some big plays.

While the quarterback situation won't improve drastically, Shorts' arrival should go a long way toward making things easier on Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer.

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