Dunta Robinson and the Houston Texans were moving ahead Sunday after the star cornerback ended his holdout and signed the one-year deal the team had been offering all along.
He took his physical early in the morning, then worked out for coaches.
“I feel like being a rookie all over again,” Robinson said. “I walked in here and all the guys they welcomed me with open arms with a lot of high-fives and a lot of hugs. It’s good to be back.”
Coach Gary Kubiak said there was no animosity even though Robinson held out for the entire training camp.
“It’s very positive,” Kubiak said. “I’m just excited to have him back.
“I’m fine with it. I understand the business and I understand what he went through. I understand all that. That’s over. It’s time to go play football.”
Robinson balked when the team placed the franchise tag on him last February, saying he wanted more than the $9.957 million that came with the designation.
“I did what I felt I had to do,” he said. “I didn’t get what I wanted, but I’m here and I’m ready to go. Things don’t always work out in your favor. But you can let people know that this is how it’s going to be. I didn’t get what I wanted, but now I just have to prove it on the field.”
Defensive end Vonnie Holliday, who joined the Denver Broncos on Sunday for his first workout with his new team, says an injured knee is what prevented him from signing a contract this spring.
Holliday, who signed with the Broncos on Saturday after Le Kevin Smith missed Denver’s final two preseason games with a knee injury, told the Associated Press after practice that he had his right knee surgically repaired by noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews in late January.
Holliday, who started 15 games for the Dolphins last season and led the team’s defensive linemen with 46 tackles while compiling 3 1/2 sacks, signed a one-year deal with the Broncos.
Pats trade Seymour
The Oakland Raiders took a big step toward improving their struggling run defense by acquiring five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour from the New England Patriots.
The move does not come without its risks as the Raiders gave up a first-round pick in 2011, which could be in the top 10 based on Oakland’s recent history, to acquire a lineman who turns 30 next month and is in the final year of a contract paying him $3.7 million this season.
Around the league
The New York Jets acquired quarterback Kevin O’Connell from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed draft pick Sunday. O’Connell’s arrival gives the Jets four quarterbacks on the roster with rookie starter Mark Sanchez, veteran Kellen Clemens and Erik Ainge. … Quarterback Luke McCown has passed his physical with the Jacksonville Jaguars, prompting the team to cut veteran backup Todd Bouman. Jacksonville traded an undisclosed draft pick in 2010 to Tampa Bay on Saturday night in exchange for McCown.
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