To get a three-year deal this late in the free-agency period is a little rare, but Cody fits into the Texans' plans to upgrade the defensive line. He can play the nose tackle position along with being a "three-technique" defensive tackle.
Cody was a second-round pick of Detroit in 2005. Injuries held him back during a portion of his Lions career. A dislocated toe cost him 10 games in the 2006 season. He had 11 starts during his four seasons with the Lions and appeared in 31 games over the past two seasons.
John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.