Glenn poised to join Cowboys
Web Posted: 04/27/2005 12:00 AM CDT
Express-News Staff Writer
The Houston Texans released cornerback Aaron Glenn on Tuesday, paving the way for a reunion between the 11-year veteran and Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells.
Glenn, one of the original Texans, became expendable after Houston acquired cornerback Philip Buchanon last week in a trade with Oakland.
The Cowboys could complete a deal with Glenn as soon as today, reports indicate. Before he was released, Glenn — a former Texas A&M standout — had told a Houston TV station that he was interested in playing for Dallas.
Glenn, who turns 33 on July 16, played for Parcells with the New York Jets. Parcells often has talked fondly of Glenn, who played eight seasons for the Jets before the Texans acquired the Humble native in the 2002 expansion draft.
Dallas' roster includes several players Parcells coached before joining the Cowboys, including quarterback Drew Bledsoe, fullback Richie Anderson and receivers Terry Glenn and Keyshawn Johnson.
Glenn, long regarded as one of the NFL's top cover men, earned his third Pro Bowl selection during his first year with Houston. He was limited to 11 games in 2003 because of injuries but rebounded with a strong season last year highlighted by five interceptions.
Texans coach Dom Capers offered Glenn the option of playing as a backup this season or the chance to land with another team.
"I appreciate all that he has done for us in the time he's been here," Capers said of Glenn. "He set the tone as far as leadership and work ethic for the franchise. You hate to lose him, but it's the nature of the business."
Signing Glenn would make sense for the Cowboys because they lack proven depth behind starters Terence Newman and Anthony Henry, who received a five-year deal last month in free agency that included a $10 million signing bonus.
Glenn, 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, was a first-round selection by the Jets in 1994. He has 35 interceptions.
Glenn signed a five-year, $26million contract extension in 2002. By cutting Glenn, the Texans save about $1.1 million on the 2005 salary cap.
Dallas also has agreed to deals with eight undrafted free agents: Baylor fullback Jonathan Evans, Colorado offensive tackle Sam Wilder, Notre Dame linebacker Mike Goolsby, Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Chris Van Hoy, Nevada offensive tackle Harvey Dahl, Northwest Missouri State wide receiver Jamaica Rector, Fresno State kicker Brett Visintainer and defensive end James Sanders.