Linebacker Bradie James signed a one-year, $890,000 deal with the Houston Texans. He gets $250,000 guaranteed, including $65,000 up front.
The Cowboys did not want James back after he played only 414 plays and made only 44 tackles in giving way to second-year player Sean Lee. James, a fourth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2005, led the team in tackles for six consecutive seasons before 2011.
James will reunite with Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. James had 448 tackles in four seasons under Phillips.
-- Charean Williams