Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Free agent safety Marcus Cromartie has signed with the Houston Texans.
The Texans announced the signing on Wednesday. Houston placed running back Tyler Ervin on the injured reserve list in a corresponding move. Ervin suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Cromartie, 26, began his NFL career in 2013 as an undrafted free agent signing by the San Diego Chargers. He spent two seasons with the Chargers before suiting up for the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.
Cromartie was placed on injured reserve in August, when he was with the Seahawks. He was waived in September with an injury settlement.
The 6 foot 1, 192 pound defensive back has 21 combined tackles, three passes defensed, and a fumble recovery during his NFL career.
Cromartie is the cousin of veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
"I thought Rick [Smith] and his crew, Jimmy Raye [III], they did a good job of bringing some guys in," Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Wednesday. "They do it every week. We brought Marcus Cromartie in and he's a really good special teams player and a safety and brings good speed and good toughness to our team. Looking forward to seeing what he can do to help us."
The safety is penciled in on the team's unofficial depth chart behind Andre Hal and Marcus Gilchrist at free safety. The Texans also have Corey Moore, Eddie Pleasant and Kurtis Drummond at strong safety.
Houston owned the second-best pass defense last season and owns the No. 9 passing defense in 2017.