NFL Texans Sign Linebacker Kailee Wong

March 7, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Free-agent linebacker Kailee Wong agreed Thursday to afour-year, $12 million contract with the Houston Texans.

The former Minnesota Viking signed with Houston because he will play therush linebacker in head coach Dom Capers' 3-4 defense rather than middlelinebacker with the Cleveland Browns or Minnesota, two other teams he wasconsidering.

'Houston offered the opportunity for Kailee to return to his pass-rushingroots,' said his agent, Steve Baker. 'It's the glamour linebacker position.'

The deal includes a $4 million signing bonus, the St. Paul Pioneer Pressreported.

'Coach Capers has a very proven track record,' Wong said. 'Anywhere he'sbeen he's had a great defense. They are building something special here and I'mvery excited to be a part of it.'

The 25-year-old Wong was a second-round draft pick out of Stanford in 1998.He played defensive end in college and switched between end and linebacker inhis first two years with the Vikings. In 2000, he made the switch to middlelinebacker and started all 16 games for the Vikings, leading the team in solotackles.

Last season, he started 16 games for Minnesota and led the team in tackles.

For the Vikings, it was the second defensive starter lost this week. FormerPro Bowl strong safety Robert Griffith signed with Cleveland on Wednesday.

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