Source: Bradie James joins Texans

IRVING, Texas -- Bradie James will be reuniting with former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips in Houston.

James agreed to a one-year deal with the Texans, according to a source, and put him in position to replace Demeco Ryans, who was traded earlier this offseason to Philadelphia, at inside linebacker in Phillips’ 3-4 scheme.

James started 13 games for the Cowboys in 2011 but had his playing time cut back dramatically. He finished with 53 tackles, one tackle for loss, two quarterback pressures, two pass deflections a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

James, 31, started every game during Phillips’ tenure as Dallas’ head coach and recorded at least 109 tackles in each season, including a career-high eight sacks in 2008. He led the Cowboys in tackles from 2005-10, the longest streak in team history.

The Cowboys did not make an effort to keep James, signing Dan Connor to a two-year deal in the first few days of free agency to compete with Bruce Carter, last year’s second-round pick.