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Report: Texans sign LB Bradie James, re-sign LB Tim Dobbins

The Texans signed free-agent inside linebacker Bradie James and re-signed linebacker Tim Dobbins, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.

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James spent his entire nine-year NFL career in Dallas and started every game from 2005 to 2010. He played for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips when he was the Cowboys' coach from 2007 to 2010.

According to the Chronicle, James is expected to compete with Darryl Sharpton for the starting weakside linebacker job that's available after DeMeco Ryans was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Sharpton is recovering from season-ending surgery for a torn quad muscle, but he's expected to be 100 percent by the start of training camp.

Dobbins, 29, spent last season with the Texans. He backed up Brian Cushing and led the team with nine special-teams tackles.

By signing James and re-signing Dobbins, finding an inside linebacker in the draft won't be a priority, according to the Chronicle. The Texans are expected to use a high draft choice on an outside linebacker and could take an inside linebacker with a lower pick.

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