When the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints encountered unwanted off-field situations earlier this offseason, they did their best to turn the page by signing a player or two to a contract.
Coincidentally, the Texans have done the same thing, one day after Brian Cushing’s shibacle of a press conference.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that sixth-round kick returner Trindon Holliday has signed a four-year contract worth $1.886 million. The deal likely includes minimum base salaries and a signing bonus based on his draft slot.
Holliday, whom McClain says also will be used as a receiver, is the first NFL draft pick in 2010 to sign a contract. The five-foot, five-inch Holliday was one of the fastest members of the incoming class of former college football players.
Most teams wait until July to sign players, primarily since there’s little or no cash flow in the offseason — and since virtually every rookie will work without a contract at minicamps and Organized Team Activities.