Dobbins, a seven-year veteran, had 43 tackles in 14 games for the Texans in 2012. Dobbins started six games last season before he was placed on IR in early-January with an ankle injury. With the loss of Dobbins and Darryl Sharpton, the Texans were extremely thin at linebacker throughout the playoffs.
Before the season-ending injury, Dobbins garnered headlines for a hit on Jay Cutler in a mid-November win over the Bears. Cutler returned to the game briefly after the second quarter hit, but missed the entire second half with concussion-like symptoms. Following the game, Dobbins insisted that he delivered a clean hit and asserted that Cutler “ran into him.” The league office disagreed and docked him with a $30,000 fine.
Dobbins, a fifth-round pick of the Chargers in 2006, spent the first four years of his career in San Diego before recording 47 tackles in 16 games with the Dolphins in 2010. In two seasons with the Texans, Dobbins has 55 tackles and an interception.
The Texans could still pursue a linebacker with an early to mid-round pick in the NFL Draft. Only two inside linebackers, Manti Te'o of Notre Dame and Kevin Minter of LSU, have received at least a second-round grade in CBSSports.com's latest Draft projections.
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