HOUSTON -

The Houston Texans have named Romeo Crennel as the team's next defensive coordinator.

Local 2 Sports' Randy McIlvoy says the Texans and Crennel agreed Monday to a three-year deal.

Crennel did not coach in 2013 but was head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs (2010-12) and Cleveland Browns (2005-08) since rising to prominence as defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots from 2001-04.