The Texans waived-injured running back Dontrell Hilliard, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.
Hilliard is signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract that will include a $920,000 base salary, $80,000 signing bonus and a total of $200,000 guaranteed. The Texans opted to sign Hilliard to a lower contract instead of tendering the restricted free agent for an original round tender of $2.1 million.
Hillard rushed for 19 yards on five carries and caught one pass for two yards last season. He was claimed off waivers in December from the Cleveland Browns
In 2019, Hilliard rushed for 31 yards and two touchdowns and caught nine passes for 82 yards.
Undrafted out of Tulane, Hilliard has rushed for 97 career yards on 22 carries and caught 22 passes for 199 yards.
At Tulane, Hilliard rushed for 2,948 yards and 30 touchdowns and caught 70 passes for 740 yards and four touchdowns in 47 career games. He rushed for 1,091 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior and was named second-team all-conference.
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.