Although the Houston Texans own Henson's rights, they already
have a young quarterback in David Carr. The Texans drafted Henson
merely in hopes of being able to trade him should he decide to give
up pro baseball, a decision he recently made.
The 6-5, 236-pound former Michigan star quarterback, who
bypassed his junior year for a baseball career in 2001, arrived in
Dallas on Sunday afternoon.
Henson is hoping to arrange a trade
to the team of his choice. If no deal is done by the draft on April
24, he could be selected by any team.
The Texans held an open workout in Houston on Feb. 12, and
Dallas was among 20 teams that attended, represented by
quarterbacks coach Sean Payton, offensive assistant David Lee and
scout Walter Juliff.
Henson will hold a private workout Wednesday in Cleveland, where the futures of Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb remain unsettled. Despite reports claiming Henson will also audition for Buffalo, team president Tom Donahoe told ESPN.com that he will not arrange for an individual workout unless he is convinced a contract agreement can be reached. Donahoe remains doubtful on that front.
Agent Tom Condon also told ESPN.com that he doesn't think the Bills will request a Henson workout. The St. Louis Rams have recently indicated some interest in Henson and the New York Giants might also be an eventual suitor.
Browns spokesman Todd Stewart said Tuesday that Henson will
visit the Browns' training facility in Berea for an interview and to work out for the club. Henson was scheduled to interview with, but not work out for, the Rams on Tuesday.
The Texans are believed to be asking for an early-round draft
pick for Henson. Whoever trades for him also would have to sign him.
Two years ago, the Cowboys won a bidding war for Chad Hutchinson
when he returned to football following the end of his baseball
career. He was rushed into the lineup that season and went 2-7. He
lost the starting job to Quincy Carter and played in just one game.
He's now headed to NFL Europe to try reviving his chances in the
eyes of Cowboys coach Bill Parcells.
Parcells and team owner Jerry Jones have said they expect Quincy
Carter to remain their starting quarterback this season. They've
also said they'd like a veteran backup. So even if they acquire
Henson, he'd likely be brought along slowly in 2004.
No trade can be consummated until Wednesday, the first day of
the 2004 league year.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli was used in this report.