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Danieal Manning, Houston Texans
Danieal Manning, Houston Texans. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

15. player. 10. . SS. (2011-14). Danieal Manning

Strong safety Danieal Manning played for the Texans for four seasons after signing as a free agent in 2011. He not only played safety for them, but was also a kick returner for the team.

Manning played his first five seasons with the Chicago Bears, but in 2011, he came to the Texans. In that first season, he played in 13 games, where he had two interceptions, five passes defended, 59 tackles and one quarterback hit.

During his four years with the Texans, Manning totaled 51 games played with 40 starts. In those games, the safety collected four interceptions, 17 passes defended, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two sacks, 206 total tackles (156 solo), four tackles for loss and four quarterback hits.

In his kickoff returns with the Texans, Manning had 28 returns for 659 yards, with his longest return being 46 yards in 2011. He averaged 23.5 yards per return while in Houston.

In the AFC playoffs, Manning played in four games for the Texans. There, he had a total of 10 returns for 396 yards, with his longest going for 94 yards. Manning averaged 39.6 yards per return in the four playoff games with the Texans, where the Texans were 2-2.

Manning didn’t have the longest career with the Texans, but he did end up being a pretty solid free agent signing by the Texans. He made some significant contributions that helped with the franchise.

While with the Texans, Manning made the First-Team All-Pro of Pro Football Focus in 2014.