Texans are signing ILB Bradie James.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 12, 2012
James' familiarity with Texans DC Wade Phillips' defensive schemes undoubtedly played a role in the move, but he's no longer the player Phillips remembers being when he was the Cowboys head coach from 2007-2010.
A fourth round pick in the 2003 Draft, James emerged as one of the leaders of the Cowboys defense, starting ever game from 2005-2010 while averaging over 100 tackles a season.
However, at the age of 31, the 6'2 250 LB seemed to slow down last season, as Dallas pulled him off the field in nearly every passing situation. As a result, his production fell off a cliff, as James had only 44 tackles and 1 pass deflection.
And with the signing of Dan Connor in the off-season, the Cowboys no longer had much room for James on their roster.