By Eric Schmidt

The Houston Texans continued to solidify their roster by signing free agent punter Brad Maynard from the Chicago Bears to a 1 year deal, terms were undisclosed. A fixture in Chicago for the past decade, the Bears let Maynard walk and he has found a new home in Houston.

Houston’s previous punter Matt Turk was a solid contributor averaging 42.1 yards a punt for the Texans in 2010, and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars this off-season. Maynard joins a punting competition with undrafted rookie Brett Hartmann from Central Michigan. Hartmann is 6’2″ 226 lbs. which is not a small figure punting the ball, and as a senior at Central Michigan he averaged 40.1 yards a punt. Hartmann started three years as the punter for the Chippewas and even handled the kickoff duties which led to him being named the team’s special teams player of the year.

Special teams play was an issue in Houston last year with the injuries the Texans had to endure. It will be a battle to see who makes the final cut, but the Texans are looking to improve in all phases.

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