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Report: Texans trade TE Khari Lee to the Bears

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Tight end Khari Lee will need to brush up on his John Fox impersonation.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans have traded Lee, who got a spotlight on Hard Knocks thanks to his ability to mimic Texans coach Bill O’Brien, to the Bears. McClain reports that the compensation is a 2017 sixth-round pick.

That would be pretty good return for a player that the Texans signed as an undrafted free agent this summer and likely would have been cut on Saturday if not for the trade. Lee wasn’t picked after being named a D-II All-America in his final year at Bowie State and has caught five passes for 71 yards for the Texans in preseason action. The move leaves Houston with Garrett Graham, C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin at tight end.

Lee won’t have much time with the Bears before the start of the regular season, but it’s hard to imagine they would have spent a draft pick to acquire Lee without planning to keep him on the 53-man roster. Martellus Bennett will start at tight end for the Bears, who also have Dante Rosario, Zach Miller and Bear Pascoe as veteran options at the position.