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Texans dangle trading their top pick

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush might not land with the Texans after all.

Houston general manager Charley Casserlysaid Sunday that the Texans have been talking to teams about possibly trading the first pick in the 2006 draft.

It has been widely speculated that the Heisman Trophy-winning running back out of Southern Cal would end up with the Texans because they recently gave quarterback David Carr a three-year contract extension.

The Texans, who finished 2-14 last season, have multiple needs that might be filled with one major move.

"There's clearly players at the top of this draft that are marquee players," Casserly said. "Players that are impact players players that are going to sell tickets.

"We're going to get offers for this pick. We've already had discussions with teams."

HOLMGREN'S MOVE: Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren has told the competition committee he intends to step down from the committee.

Two prominent committee members, Falcons general manager Rich McKay and Colts president Bill Polian, said Holmgren's decision had nothing to do with his criticism of the officiating last season.

Holmgren said he erred in November when he released information from an NFL memo that officials made two incorrect calls in the Seahawks' game against the Giants. After the Super Bowl, Holmgren again questioned several calls in the 21-10 loss to the Steelers.

"I think Mike works hard and has a lot of responsibilities," McKay said. "They went to the Super Bowl this year, and I think he needs a little time off.

"I didn't think it was driven by the calls on Super Bowl Sunday, I really didn't."

Polian said he hoped Holmgren would change his mind before the committee meets March 9 in Naples.

TIED UP: Defensive lineman Mike Kudla came into the combine hoping to break the weightlifting record set by Isaac Sopoaga of Hawaii in 2004. Kudla settled for a tie.

At the combine, players are tested by the number bench press repetitions they do at 225 pounds. Kudla did 45, initially thinking he broke Olshansky's record by two.

"I thought I had it, but right after the guy from Denver said you tied it," Kudla said. "I had 46 right there, but I couldn't quite get that last inch up."

Linebacker A.J. Hawk, a teammate of Kudla's at Ohio State, said he was surprised Kudla didn't do more. Kudla's personal best came in the summer when he lifted the 225-pound bar 52 times.

"I'm glad he tied it, but 45 is a bad day for Kudla," Hawk said.

FOOTNOTES: Wide receiver Chad Jackson of Florida produced the fastest time in the 40-yard dash, clocking 4.32 Sunday. The next best was Devin Aromashodu of Auburn, who had a 4.35. Jerious Norwood of Mississippi State was the fastest running back, finishing in 4.4. Only two quarterbacks, Bruce Gradkowski of Toledo and Ingle Martin of Furman, ran sub-4.75s. Gradkowski turned in a 4.75. Martin, who transferred to Furman from Florida, was in at 4.68.

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