HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans signed free agent receiver and kick returner Andre' Davis to a multiyear contract on Friday.
Davis became a star on Houston's special teams last season, returning 32 kickoffs for 968 yards and three touchdowns. With Andre Johnson out for seven games with a knee sprain, Davis also emerged as one of Houston's top receivers. He had 33 catches for 583 yards and three touchdowns
The Texans made signing Davis a priority with the injury and off-field problems of kick returner Jerome Mathis, who missed most of the last two seasons on injured reserve before being charged with assaulting his pregnant common-law wife earlier this month.
Mathis, a restricted free agent, was not given a qualifying offer by Houston, meaning he is free to sign with any team.
After two seasons of playing mostly special teams in Buffalo and New England, Davis revived his career in Houston. He had the third-highest per catch average in the NFL last season with 17.7 yards a catch. A second-round pick in 2002, the 28-year-old started his career with Cleveland.
Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
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