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Amid exodus, Myers stays at center

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--The Texans breathed a collective sigh of relief when they were able to re-sign Pro Bowl center Chris Myers. He visited Tennessee but returned to Houston and signed a four-year, $25 million contract, including $14 million guaranteed.

"I didn't want to leave," said Myers, who has started every game over the last four seasons. "I wanted to stay here and build on the success we had last season. I want to win a Super Bowl, and I believe this is my best place to do it."

Myers, 30, came to Houston from Denver for a sixth-round draft choice.

"We have a few key parts missing," Myers said about players who have been cut, traded or signed with other teams. "I've got confidence in the players behind them, and I'm confident about what our front office can do in the draft and later on in free agency, too. I'm eager to get to work with everybody again."

--Right guard Mike Brisiel signed a five-year contract with Oakland for $20 million.

He was fortunate because the Raiders' new offensive coordinator is Greg Knapp, who was the Texans' quarterbacks coach the last two years. The new Raiders' offensive line coach is Frank Pollard. He was the Texans' assistant line coach the last five years.

"Just the familiarity of the scheme, it's definitely a positive," Brisiel said. "We're in position right now to compete in this (AFC West) division, and I'm super excited."

--By trading inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles, the Texans lost their defensive captain and leader. Ryans said he understood being traded.

"It caught me off guard, but it's a great opportunity for me," he said. "It's going to be a lot different not playing for the Texans, but I realize the NFL is a business, and decisions like this are made, and I'm looking forward to my new opportunity.

"Andy Reid was really excited when I talked to him. The city and the fans have really welcomed me. It's like being drafted all over again. They're a Super Bowl contender, and I want to do my part to help them reach their goal.

"I'm not mad or bitter toward the Texans. I've made a lot of friends in the city, and I wish the players and coaches well."

Ryans said he hopes the Eagles and Texans meet in the Super Bowl.

--The Texans attended Baylor's Pro Day to watch, among others, wide receiver Kendall Wright. He ran two 4.4s - an improvement from his 4.61 at the Combine.

"I met with them (Texans) for a few minutes," Wright said. "They talked to me about my (pass) routes, what I did at Baylor and what they expect in the NFL. I think it would be cool if they draft me and I could stay in Texas."

The Texans have the 26th pick in the first round.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"This has been a tough 10 days. Some difficult decisions had to be made. We've lost some good players who're also great people. This is the part of my job I don't like. Those guys helped turn us into a playoff team, and they helped us win a playoff game. I'm proud of them, very happy for what they got, and I wish all of them the best of luck." -- Coach Gary Kubiak, when asked about replacing Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, Eric Winston and Mike Brisiel.

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