The Houston Texans have re-signed inside linebacker Tim Dobbins, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Terms were not disclosed.
Originally selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Iowa State by the San Diego Chargers, Dobbins has 210 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions with eight passes defensed in 93 career games.
Dobbins spent four seasons with the Bolts and was denied unrestricted free agency by the uncapped 2010 season. San Diego dealt Dobbins to the Miami Dolphins as part of a package to move up to select Ryan Mathews with the 12th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. Dobbins signed a two-year extension with the Dolphins, but was released last August and joined the Texans.
In 15 games, Dobbins recorded 13 tackles, including nine on special teams. Dobbins had four tackles, including one for a loss with a pass defensed and a forced fumble in less than 60 snaps on defense. In two post-season games, Dobbins recorded three tackles, including one on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on a 4th-and-1 play from the one-yard line.
Along with Bradie James, who was signed earlier on Thursday, Dobbins adds more experienced depth behind Brian Cushing and Darryl Sharpton and could push Sharpton for a starting job.