TE Jeb Putzier signed a four-year, $7.5 million contract which included a $1.5
million signing bonus in March of 2006 with the Houston Texans.
But the former Boise St. Bronco was
beaten out for the starting job last season by former fourth-round pick Owen Daniels and the team plans to release Putzier before the start of free agency on February 29. Putzier was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2002 draft.
Houston is expected to re-sign veteran TE Mark Bruener who is set to
become an unrestricted free agent.
Putzier could be pursued by the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, and New York Jets. All three teams showed interest in the athletic tight end two years
ago before he signed with Houston and all three still need help at the position.
Alge Crumpler (just released by the Atlanta Falcons) and Eric Johnson (New Orleans Saints) are the top free agents at the position currently.