Chris Clemons signs with Houston, joins Nuk Hopkins, Ricky Sapp on Texans' roster

Former Clemson safety signed a two-year, $2.7 million contract

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) stretches for a touchdown as Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) stretches for a touchdown as Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Like Charlie Whitehurst and Kavell Conner, former Clemson star Chris Clemons has followed old connections to a new NFL home.

The 28-year-old Clemons signed a two-year contract with the Houston Texans on Friday, joining fellow former Tigers DeAndre Hopkins and Ricky Sapp on the team's roster and rejoining Texans' director of player personnel Brian Gaine, who previously worked for the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins declared Clemons an unrestricted free agent earlier this month, and last week he was tabbed as the top available unsigned safety by NFL.com.

At Houston, Clemons will play in a defensive secondary alongside former South Carolina standout D.J. Swearinger, who a year ago joined Hopkins as a member of the Texans' draft class.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Clemons' contract is worth $2.7 million, with $450,000 guaranteed.

Clemons started 46 games over the past four seasons in Miami. Overall, he started 48 of the 72 games he played in for the Dolphins in his first five NFL seasons, including all 16 games in 2012 and 2013.

In 2012, Clemons had career highs of 95 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2012. He followed with 90 tackles, one interception and a career-high eight passes defensed in 2013.

A fifth-round pick out of Clemson in 2009, in his five NFL seasons Clemons has totaled 256 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, 17 passes defensed, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

He is the fourth unrestricted free agent to be signed by the Texans, joining quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (from Tennessee), safety Kendrick Lewis (from Kansas City) and defensive lineman Jerrell Powe (from Kansas City).

Sapp is among those re-signed by the Texans prior to the free-agent process.

Whitehurst moved from the San Diego Chargers to the Tennessee Titans, while Conner signed with San Diego after being released by Indianapolis.

Still looking for a new NFL home is wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who was released by the Oakland Raiders.

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