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Texans sign LB Greenwood, re-sign DT Payne

HOUSTON (March 3, 2005) -- The Houston Texans signed free-agent linebacker Morlon Greenwood to a five-year deal hours after re-signing free-agent nose tackle Seth Payne.

Greenwood started 15 of 16 games and recorded a career-high 129 tackles for the Miami Dolphins in 2004. He recorded a season-high 15 tackles during the Dolphins 24-17 win at San Francisco.

Payne, an eight-year veteran, had a hamstring injury in the season finale and missed much of the previous year with a knee injury. He has 423 career tackles and 10½ sacks.

Payne started all 16 games of Houston's inaugural season and led the defensive line with 147 tackles. He tore the ACL in his right knee in the second game of the 2003 season against New Orleans and missed the rest of the year. He had a setback late that year and had a second surgery on the knee.

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