Texans sign nose tackle Jerrell Powe

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The Texans have added a defensive lineman who’s worked with new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

Nose tackle Jerrell Powe, who played his first three NFL seasons with the Chiefs, has signed with the Texans. The transaction was disclosed by the NFL and announced by the Texans on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Powe was a sixth-round pick of Kansas City in 2011. He has appeared in 12 regular season games in three seasons. The Chiefs did not tender him as a restricted free agent.

Crennel was the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator when Powe was drafted. In Houston, the 6-foot-2, 331-pound Powe would seem likely to compete for playing time in the middle of Houston’s three-player defensive line.