Texans add Eric Murray to strengthen shaky secondary

Eric Murray Cleveland Browns (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Eric Murray Cleveland Browns (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans make their first addition of free agency by agreeing to a three year deal with defensive back Eric Murray.

The Houston Texans and defensive back Eric Murray have agreed on the opening day of free agency to a three-year deal worth up to $20.25 million according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Murray played his collegiate football at the University of Minnesota before entering the 2016 NFL draft as a Senior and being selected in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Murray spent his first three seasons with the Chiefs and started in 11 of the 54 appearances before being traded in the final year of his rookie deal to the Cleveland Browns for Emmanuel Ogbah.

He finished his three-year stint in Kansas City with 100 tackles, seven pass deflections, an interception, a fumble recovery, and a quarterback sack.

However, Murray dealt with a knee injury in Cleveland that forced him to miss seven games this previous season. Before his fourth year in the league, Murray missed just three games in his first three seasons.

Murray started in four of the nine games he played with the Browns, he finished with 24 total tackles, a pass deflection, and a quarterback sack. He played primarily at safety with the Browns but has the background of playing the cornerback position when he was first drafted by the Chiefs.

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Murray could play a little bit both in Houston as the Texans had a void at slot cornerback, and needed to add another safety in their rotation behind Justin Reid and Tashaun Gipson.