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Rahim Moore goes from near-retirement to finding a fit with Texans

HOUSTON -- When he was introduced for the first time as a Houston Texans safety Thursday, Rahim Moore admitted retirement crossed his mind.

That was far from the worst-case scenario for the compartment syndrome that gripped his leg during the 2013 season. Some have their legs amputated from it, but Moore wouldn't let that happen. When he returned for the 2014 season, he said he felt like it was his first time playing football all over again. But Moore recovered, and simply signing his second NFL contract means a great deal to the fifth-year player.

"I’m a very thankful man to be standing," Moore said, "to be able to join this organization and to play the game of football that I love."

Moore signed a three-year deal worth $12 million after visiting with the Texans on Wednesday and dining with his future teammates and position coach that evening. Pro Football Focus had Moore rated as the second-best available safety after Devin McCourty, who re-signed with the New England Patriots.

As often happens in free agency, Moore signed on his first visit.

"When I found out the Texans wanted me, I immediately said, ‘I wanted to be a Texan,’" Moore said. "I told everyone. I was telling people I was going to be a Texan before I even came up here. I just envisioned myself in that jersey and envisioned myself playing with some of my partners on the team."

Moore has a relationship with Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson, with whom he's worked out in the offseasons, and also knows Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. Jackson and his wife joined defensive backs coach John Butler to take Moore and his wife to dinner Wednesday night. Jackson himself recently re-signed with the Texans on a four-year deal worth $34 million.

Moore talked a lot about his comfort level in Houston.

"Everybody is cool," Moore said. "Everybody is excited. I love the family-orientated [vibe] here. It’s real good. It’s very welcoming, so I’m looking forward to it."

That's important for someone who's just gone through free agency for the first time.

Moore spent four seasons with the Broncos after being drafted in the second round in 2011. Last year Moore grabbed four interceptions and forced two fumbles. Leaving Denver -- considering what he went through with his leg as a Bronco -- wasn't easy.

"I actually wanted to retire there," Moore said. "I loved it that much, but since I’ve come here I’ve realized that there is more to offer here. I realize that Denver is not the only team. Yeah, I thank them for everything they’ve done for me. I had a tremendous opportunity being there, playing with so many great players, and just experiencing the exposure, but I think since I’ve been here I have that same experience and exposure, but even better.

"You got to look towards the future, and the Texans are my future."