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Houston Texans to release veteran tight end Darren Fells

Jan 12, 2020; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells (87) against the Kansas City Chiefs in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans are releasing veteran tight end Darren Fells, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The Texans have also acquired TE Ryan Izzo from the New England Patriots for a 2022 seventh-round pick, per reports.

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Fells caught 11 touchdown passes in two seasons with Houston but was due to count $2.8 million against the salary cap in 2021.

Fells, who turns 35 next month, caught 21 passes for 312 yards and four scores in 16 games (14 starts) in 2020.

He has 123 receptions for 1,483 yards and 21 touchdowns in 102 games (76 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2014-16), Detroit Lions (2017), Cleveland Browns (2018) and Texans.

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Izzo, 25, played in 12 games (12 starts) for the Patriots last season but became expendable after the team signed Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith in free agency. Izzo had 13 catches for 199 yards in 2020.

–Field Level Media