Safety Quintin Demps re-signed with the Texans on Thursday, choosing to stay in Houston over an offer from another team.
Demps finished the 2011 season as the Texans’ fourth safety, playing primarily in dime packages. He had two interceptions and 22 tackles in nine games.
“It feels good, man,” Demps said Wednesday after signing his contract at Reliant Stadium. “It’s a privilege and it’s an honor to be back. To be at a place that’s contending for a Super Bowl, it’s definitely a privilege and an honor.”
A three-year veteran, Demps was free to sign with any team because the Texans did not tender him as a restricted free agent. He said the primary reason he re-signed with the Texans was defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
“Wade – I want to be with Wade,” Demps said. “Coach Phillips and the defensive staff, and just Kub [head coach Gary Kubiak] and the organization. The sky’s the limit [for the defense], man. We went far not having the whole offseason, so just imagine with us having the whole offseason under a new system and really learning the little details of the defense. We’re going to be a great unit, I think.”
Demps originally signed with the Texans late in the 2010 season. He was cut after the final preseason game in 2011 but re-signed as a street free agent following an injury to free safety Danieal Manning in Week 7. He made an immediate impact with interceptions in both of his first two games.
“It was just like a relief for me, the fact that when you get cut, that was my second time being cut, and it was kind of like, ‘Dang’ – I questioned myself, ‘Can I really play?’” Demps said. “So coming back, having a good season, it kind of boosted my confidence up even more. So I’m coming in this year with some confidence and some excitement, and I’m ready to go.”
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