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January 12, 2012

Safety Danieal Manning glad he landed with Texans after being passed over by Cowboys in free agency

By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Houston _ For safety Danieal Manning, the choice was simple when he became an unrestricted free agent last spring.

If he wasn’t going to re-sign with the Chicago Bears, where he spent the first four years of his career, the Corsicana native wanted to come home.

That put the Dallas Cowboys, the team he rooted for as a kid and one in desperate need of safety help, at the top of his wish list.

But after reaching out to the Cowboys through his agent Russell Hicks and getting no response likely because they deemed his asking was too high, Manning turned to option No. 2 _ the Houston Texans.

Clearly, it worked out for the best.

Not only was Manning given a four-year, $20 million contract, including $9 million in guarantees _ compared to the $5 million the Cowboys gave safeties Gerald Sensabaugh and Abe Elam combined in 2011 _ but he joined a franchise that is clearly on the rise.

The Texans (11-6) won their first even AFC South Division title, their first ever postseason game last weekend with a 31-10 blowout of the Cincinnati Bengals in the wildcard playoffs and are playing at the Baltimore Ravens Sunday for a chance to reach the AFC title game for the first time in franchise history.

“We reached out to the (Cowboys),” Manning said. “(Being from Corsicana) that was one of the first teams I was thinking about going to in free agency. But everything worked out for the best.  God knew exactly where I needed to be. I wanted to come home. I’m glad I got the opportunity.”

 

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Am I wrong but didn't the cowboys beat the eagles in 2009?. I guess counting and reading are not prerequisites for being a Texan fan.

Cowboys will continue to be mediocre for years to come with the worst GM in the NFL...

Texans are cursed, injury bug keeps them from being great. ZERO chance with 3rd string Rookie against real playoff teams

The Texans have more playoff wins in 2011-2012 than the Cowboys have had in 15 years. God roots for who? And Wade Phillips has been the most successful coach for the Cowgirls in the last 15 years. .

Yeah, enjoy the time in Houston with that LOSER Wade Phillips. Wow, they made the playoffs (WHO CARES..only rings matter).

God roots for the Cowboys not the Texans

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