The Texans re-signed veteran linebacker and special-teams contributor Neville Hewitt to a one-year contract, per a league source.
Hewitt, 30, played in 14 games for the Texans last seaon and had 11 tackles, one for a loss.
Hewitt started a 2021 game in place of Christian Kirksey, who was placed on injured reserve after undergoing thumb surgery, and recorded a team-high 10 tackles, nine on defense and one on special teams, during a 17-9 road loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Signed to a one-year, $1.7 million contract that includes $700,000 guaranteed, a $200,000 signing bonus, a $1 million base salary with $500,000 guaranteed for skill injury and salary cap and up to $500,000 total in per-game active roster bonuses with $29,411 per game active, according to NFL Players Association records, Hewitt started every game in 2020 for the New York Jets and recorded a career-high 134 tackles along with two sacks, four passes defensed and one interception.
Forging a nine-year NFL career, Hewitt has a history of overcoming adversity. Growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland, Hewitt dealt with his mother being incarcerated on a drug trafficking charge. He attended Georgia Military College before transferring to Marshall where he was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and recorded 208 tackles, 16 1/2 for losses 7 1/2 sacks and two interceptions in two seasons.
After being cleared medically with the Dolphins and playing for them for three seasons, he worked his way up to become a starter with the Jets.
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