Texans Ink Cardinals Free Agent DE Antonio Smith

The Texans made a move to bolster their defensive line on Saturday, as the team signed Cardinals free-agent defensive end Antonio Smith. NFL.com’s Adam Schefter reports that Smith signed a five-year, $35 million deal that includes $12.5 million in guarantees.

Smith had been with the Cardinals for all four years of his NFL career. He was picked in the 5th round of the 2004 NFL Draft by Arizona, and in his rookie season started 11 games. Overall in four seasons he played in 59 games, going for 126 tackles and 14.5 sacks. He’ll team up with Mario Williams on that Texans D-line to look to put more pressure on QB’s in 2009.

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