An NFL football player with local ties has signed a new contract with the Houston Texans.
Tyson Clabo, the former Atlanta Falcon and Miami Dolphin, has reportedly received a two-year deal from the Texans, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
Brenda Ramsey reported this week that she has sold a farmhouse and parcel of land out on N.C. 103 to Clabo where he intends to build a new home. Ramsey is the operator of Brenda’s Kountry Kitchen on the corner of East Pine Street and Riverside Drive.
Any talk of settling down will have to go on hold now that the 6-foot-6, 330-pound right tackle has a new deal in place.
Clabo, 32, has played nine seasons in the NFL and is best known for his years with the Falcons where he led Michael Turner to three 1,000-yard seasons and earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2010.
In Feb. 2010, the Wake Forest graduate married long-time girlfriend Kendra, the daughter of Workforce Carolina founder Teresa Lewis.
Later that same year, the newlyweds adopted Tyson’s niece and nephew and now have a child of their own.
For Houston, the Texans are set on the left side of the line with Pro Bowler Duane Brown. Clabo will battle for playing time with Derek Newton, who had been named the starter back in the spring despite being named as a weak link in the line by ESPN’s Texans blog at the end of 2013.
Clabo has a history with both Texans general manager Rick Smith and offensive line coach Paul Dunn. Clabo was an undrafted free agent in Denver in 2004 when Smith was with the Broncos but didn’t make the roster. Clabo and Dunn overlapped with the Atlanta Falcons.