Texans sign veteran free agent RB Deji Karim
Deji Karim was one of the six veterans invited to the Houston Texans’ rookie minicamp last week. The Houston Texans liked what they saw in Karim and added another veteran (besides Ben Tata) behind starter Arian Foster or the 2013 offseason.
The Texans lacked depth at running back and only left with Foster and backup Ben Tate on the depth chart this offseason after Justin Forsett signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent. The Texans also signed four undrafted free agents – rookie running backs Cierre Wood (Notre Dame), George Winn (Cincinnati), Dennis Johnson (Arkansas) and Ray Graham (Pittsburgh) – following the 2013 NFL Draft.
Karim appeared in three games for the Indianapolis Colts last season, but did not carry the ball or record a catch on the offense. The 28-year-old also returned nine kickoffs last season, including a 101-yarder in the Colts’ Week 17 win over the Texans. Although Karim was slated for restricted free agency this offseason, the Colts opted not to tender him a contract, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.
Originally selected in the sixth-round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Jaguars, Karim rushed 98 times for 290 yards in his first two seasons in the league. Karim returned kickoffs and punts for the Jaguars. He was cut by the Jaguars last April before being claimed off waivers by the Colts.
During his three-year NFL career, Deji Karim appeared in 26 career games, 290 rushing yards on 98 carries and has catching 17 passes for 130 yards between different teams.