Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports KRIV said Dreessen told him in a text message Friday morning that he’s going to Denver. Dreessen was said to be deciding between the Broncos and Texans on Thursday night. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans “came on strong” before Dreessen made his decision.
Dreessen is from Fort Morgan, Colo., and played at Colorado State. He’ll have a chance to start for the Broncos and play with Peyton Manning.
A six-year veteran, Dreessen led the Texans with six touchdown catches in 2011. The Texans signed him in 2007 after he was cut by the New York Jets and out of football in 2006. He started off as a core special teams player and became a valuable complement to Owen Daniels as a strong blocker and one of the Texans’ most dependable receivers.
Dreessen’s departure could create an opportunity for Garrett Graham, a fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2010 who has played sparingly in his first two seasons. Fullback James Casey also could play tight end, his primary position from 2009-10, or the Texans could look to add a tight end in the draft or free agency.
Tags: Free agency, Garrett Graham, James Casey, Joel Dreessen, Owen Daniels
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