Texans sign former Patriots, Rams DE Derek Rivers

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The Houston Texans are collecting new general manager Nick Caserio’s pet cats.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have agreed to a deal with former New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams defensive end Derek Rivers. The former Patriots 2017 third-round pick from Youngstown State will earn $1.3 million in 2021 as he plays for the third team of his career.

Rivers spent his rookie season on injured reserve as he recovered from a torn ACL. In 2018, he made his NFL debut and collected 1.0 sack in six games. Injuries derailed his preseason and ultimately his season in 2019. Rivers attempted a bounce back in 2020 with four combined tackles in eight games. However, the Patriots waived him on Nov. 21, 2020 with the Rams claiming him two days later.

The 6-5, 250-pound defensive end collected one tackle with the Rams in his five games with the NFC West club.