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Texans sign John Simon off Ravens' practice squad, per source

John Simon
(Baltimore Sun photo)

The Houston Texans have signed outside linebacker John Simon off of the Ravens' practice squad, according to a league source.

Simon was being paid by the Ravens an upgraded practice squad salary of $170,000, above the usual season rate of $107,100. Simon was drafted in the fourth round last year by the Ravens.

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As a member of the Texans' active roster, Simon will make the veteran minimum and be reunited with former Ohio State assistant coach Mike Vrabel.

At Ohio State, Simon was the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year as he lined up at defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker while operating primarily as a pass rusher and run-stopper.

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In seven games last season as a rookie, Simon recorded four solo tackles on special teams. He didn't make the Ravens' active roster this year, though, and was signed to the practice squad.

Simon is an avid weightlifter known for haunting the gym for countless hours. He has bench pressed 225 pounds 48 times and has a maximum bench press of over 450 pounds. He has also squatted 700 pounds.

In four college seasons, Simon finished with 154 tackles including 43 for a loss, 20.5 sacks and 10 pass deflections. He was once described by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer as the heart and soul of the Buckeyes.

Meyer even said that Simon was his second-favorite player he coached behind former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

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After being drafted, Simon had signed a four-year, $2.545 million contract with the Ravens that included a $385,652 signing bonus in 2013,

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