NFL veteran linebacker Denzel Perryman signed a new contract with the Houston Texans. Perryman, a one-time Pro Bowl selection, spent the 2022 season with the Las Vegas Raiders but has also played for the Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers.
The #Texans add again, this time signing former #Raiders LB Denzel Perryman, sources say. The disruptive Pro Bowler had 154 tackles in 2021 and 14 tackles for loss last year. Now gets a 1-year deal in Houston for DeMeco Ryans.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2023
Denzel Perryman, Houston Texans, Agree to Contract
While Denzel Perryman was unable to replicate his 2021 heroics, the inside linebacker still had a strong season for the Las Vegas Raiders. Appearing in 12 games while making 11 starts, Perryman finished his first season under head coach Josh McDaniels with one sack, 83 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, five quarterback hits, two interceptions, and two passes defended.
Perryman originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Selected by the then-San Diego Chargers, the Miami product made an instant impact for his professional team. Appearing in 14 games while making nine starts, Perryman finished his inaugural campaign with two sacks, 73 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, three quarterback hits, and one forced fumble.
Perryman built on his promising rookie season to become a featured part of the defense in 2016. While injuries limited him to just 12 games, the linebacker has ended the year with two sacks, 72 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, two quarterback hits, and one interception.
After playing out his rookie deal, Denzel Perryman signed a two-year contract extension remain with the Chargers through the 2020 season. In total, Perryman spent six seasons between San Diego and Los Angeles, recording five sacks, 349 tackles, 26 tackles-for-loss, and eight quarterback hits.
The linebacker left the Chargers in 2021, signing a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers. However, Perryman’s stint on the east coast did not last long, as Carolina traded him to the Raiders before he could even play a game with his new organization. The former second-round pick responded to this trade with the best season of his career, racking up 154 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, three quarterback hits, and one forced fumble while earning the first Pro Bowl selection of his career.
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