HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Cornerback Charles James, who developed a following with Texans fans because of his play on the field and his personality, was released by the team on Saturday.
Signed as a free agent after spending one season with the New York Giants, James earned the respect of his teammates and the coaching staff, and was one of the Texans final cuts as they reduced the roster to 53 players.
"I'm not mad," James said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I'm not angry. I'm just disappointed. I really wanted to make the team. It's the nature of the business.
"From where I was a year ago I couldn't ask for a better situation. This year I still feel a lot of positives came out of this."
James made it difficult for the Texans head coach to cut him, and the conversation between the two men had to have been equally difficult for Bill O'Brien.
"I'm going to keep that between me and Bill," James said. "He had to make a decision and it was tough for him.
"I respect the hell out of that guy. When I first came in he told me he was going to give me an opportunity and that's the only thing I could ask for."
James fully expects to land somewhere else in the NFL.
"I know I can play in this league and I'm going to play in this league," James said. "There isn't any quit in me. We're just getting started."
James leaves the Texans with a message for their fans.
"I gave u everything I had," James said. "Going to miss Houston. Don't forget to wear the happy socks when your thinking about ole Charles James"