An overlooked prospect in 2014 out of Division II West Alabama, he had been invited to New England for a tryout and earned a contract on the offseason 90-man roster nearly a month after the draft.
Another Patriots free agent getting interest from the Texans is cornerback Malcolm Butler, also per Giardi. Before the 2017 season, Butler was best known for making one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history.
His tenure in New England ends on a sour note, however, as Butler was benched from the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII despite playing more than 97% of New England's snaps during the regular season.
Despite his sudden stardom, Belichick said at one point in 2015 that Butler, "as much as any player that I've been around, has really not changed very much from Year 1 to Year 2".More news: Dog dies in overhead bin on flight to NY
Despite the highly-publicized matter, Butler received plenty of interest in free agency.
In three years since taking over as a starter with the Patriots, Butler collected eight interceptions and did not miss a game.
He figures to slide in at the top of the Titans depth chart alongside Adoree' Jackson and his former Patriots teammate Logan Ryan.
Butler broke into the league in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Division II West Alabama. slowly earning Bill Belichick's trust before stepping up to intercept Russell Wilson late in the fourth quarter of a 28-24 Super Bowl win.