The Chicago Bears have claimed outside linebacker Lamarr Houston off of waivers, according to Ian Rapoport. The 30-year-old edge rusher had just been placed on waivers by the Houston Texans on Tuesday.
Houston was initially signed by the Bears in March of 2014 to a five-year, $35 million deal. He spent three full seasons with the team, tallying nine sacks and 70 tackles and 26 games, before being released in September of 2017.
He appeared in five games for the Texans this season. He totaled one sack, seven tackles and a 34-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in his tenure there.
Houston’s first run with Chicago was plagued by injuries. He suffered season-ending injuries in two of his seasons as a Bear, both being ACL tears. He played a full season in 2015, and ended it with a team-high eight sacks.
This move is the corresponding transaction to the waiving of wide receiver Tre McBride on Tuesday.
The Bears obviously needed help off the edge with the injury to Leonard Floyd. Although the signing of Houston is a bit out of left field, there are a few aspects of it that make sense. He has knowledge of Vic Fangio’s system, having played in it for two full seasons and part of another.
Although it’s unlikely that Houston will match his 2015 performance, it should be interesting to see if he can make some sort of an impact on a lackadaisical Bears pass rushing unit.