Texans waive Walker after four seasons

Updated: March 14, 2006, 12:12 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have waived defensive end Gary Walker, the two-time Pro Bowl lineman who'd been with the team since its inaugural season.

Defensive End
Houston Texans

Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
30 20 10 1 1 0

The 11-year veteran, who battled through injuries last year, told Houston television station KRIV that he may retire.

"If that's my final decision, just to be healthy, I can go out and play with my kids now," Walker told the station Monday.

Walker had 19 tackles and one sack in 11 games this season. He was lost for the season in December after severing his right triceps.

Walker was an expansion draft selection off Jacksonville's roster and almost left the Texans before the 2004 season because of the drain his salary would have placed on the team that season. He wound up signing a six-year deal to stay put.

In the Texans' inaugural year, he had 115 tackles and 6 sacks and made the Pro Bowl. Drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1995, Walker signed with the Jaguars in 1999 and came to the Texans in the expansion draft along with defensive tackle Seth Payne and offensive tackle Tony Boselli.

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