Former Washington State quarterback Alex Brink, who was drafted by Houston in the seventh round of the NFL Draft, signed a rookie contract Thursday with the Texans. He and Dominique Barber are the only Houston draft picks to have signed deals.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are planning to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster this season. Brink will compete with Shane Boyd to become the team's third quarterback. He'll also be eligible for the practice squad.
In a previous blog (called A Little Something About Everything), I discussed the quarterback situation in Houston. Head coach Gary Kubiak likes Boyd and Brink saying "they have a chance to play in [the NFL]." Texans general manager Rick Smith also likes the youngsters (Boyd is a second year pro out of Kentucky) saying "we feel comfortable with those guys going into training camp."
For everyone who doubted Brink in the past (I'm guilty as well), it sounds like he has a shot at making the club. We'll see what happens...
One final thing...Brink will likely make some serious cash. NFL minimum wage for a rookie in 2007 was $235,000. The minimum salary for a practice squad player last season was $4,700 a week. Not to shabby either way you look at it!
P.S. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, Derrick Low was invited to play with the Dallas Mavericks summer teams.
That means Low will play in Las Vegas and the Rocky Mountain Review League, so he'll have a chance to show off his skills to not only the Mavs, but the entire NBA.
Here's what Derrick told the Advertiser:
"I'm just going to play my game and do what I did in the (Dallas) workout, because I had to have left an impression with them," Low said. "I know I'm getting close (to the NBA), it's right in front of me now.
"It should be fun. I can't wait."
If Low makes a roster, he'll be the first Hawaii-grown player in the NBA since the 1950s.