Texans sign a pair of picks, including Mr. Irrelevant

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The Texans have bigger things to attend to, so they can take care of the largely irrelevant stuff first.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Texans have signed a pair of rookies to their first contracts — sixth-rounder Alfred Blue and seventh-rounder Lonnie Ballantine.

Ballantine, a safety from Memphis, was the final pick in the NFL Draft — Mr. Irrelevant. Blue’s a running back from LSU.

The Texans are working through a number of issues at the moment, from the lack of a decent quarterback to veteran wideout Andre Johnson grumbling, so taking care of the boilerplate rookie deals is a momentary concern.