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Moran Norris makes his way back to Houston


Old fullbacks never die, they just go back to teams they played for in previous years.

As Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal first reported and with confirmation from PFT, the Texans have signed fullback Moran Norris to a one-year deal. Norris spent four years with the Texans from 2002 to 2005, starting 18 of 57 games over that span before heading to San Francisco. He played for the 49ers for two years, jumped to the Lions and then returned to San Francisco for the last three years.

The Texans have James Casey as a hybrid fullback/tight end, but Joel Dreessen’s departure as a free agent means that he’ll likely be playing more tight end this season. The only other fullbacks on the roster are unproven rookies Jason Ford and Derrell Smith, so Norris’ experience could come in handy as they look for a player who will hope clear the path for Arian Foster this season.

Having said that, Norris lost his job to an unproven rookie, Bruce Miller, in San Francico last year. Norris also turns 34 over the weekend and there might not be much left in his tank at this point. In other words, Norris’ second stay in Houston could be much shorter than his first.

Mike Sims-Walker, who also worked out for the Texans this week, has not been signed.