Kahale Warring, a Sonora High graduate and a top tight end prospect, is training with starters and superstars, trying to break into the National Football League with the upstart Houston Texans.
In April the Texans picked Warring 86th overall in Round 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft, and signed him in early June to a four-year contract through 2022.
There’s been background drama at the Houston Texans franchise since early June, when Houston fired the general manager who drafted Warring. But the shakeup at the top has not reduced Warring’s chances of making Houston’s regular season roster, according to his mom, Nichole Longeway.
In fact, Warring has been training at UCLA with NFL starters and superstars who include his famous Houston teammates, Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson and All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, as well as Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Backham Jr., and 2018 NFL Rookie of the Year running back Saquon Barkley.
“He’s doing great, he started May 9 in Houston for two days of rookie camp and then OTAs, organized team activities, basically practices until June 21,” Longeway said Friday. “He was starting in at 5 a.m. and leaving each night at 10 p.m. Then he had a month off.”
His current deal with Houston ensures he will be housed by the Texans at least until week one of the regular season, Longeway said. That means he’s expected to be with the team for all four preseason games.
Warring has already survived the first round of roster cuts, early in the first training camp process to make it to the 90-man roster, Longeway said. When Warring goes back to Houston on Saturday for team camp and check-in on Sunday, there will be more cuts soon after team camp starts, within two days of them getting back, Longeway said.
Warring’s agent Chase Callahan with Rep 1 Sports said, “All reports from the team are positive on Kahale’s development over the short period of time. Every player is fighting to make a roster spot, including Kahale.”
Asked if the June firing of the Texans general manager who drafted Warring factors into the situation, Callahan said, “Shouldn’t have any affect on Kahale.”
Representatives for the Houston Texans, including Omar Majzoub, a senior communications manager for the NFL team, declined to offer perspective on Warring’s performance so far this summer.
“As a team, we don’t release assessments about players to the media or public,” Majzoub said Monday, adding the Texans resume training camp on Thursday, July 25.
The Texans are the reigning AFC South champions.
Warring is 22 now and it seems like a lot has happened since he accepted his diploma in June 2015 at Sonora High.
“Five years ago he’d never played football and he was just starting to talk about playing football,” Longeway said. “It is what it is now. It’s all a little crazy when you start hearing it. He’s just getting in there with these guys, and he says they’re like his friends. They’re among the best players in the country and he’s hanging out with them for birthdays.”
He played in 19 games at San Diego State and started in five before declaring for the draft.
Warring’s recent stats list him as 6 feet 5 inches tall and 252 pounds. In late February and early March, he ranked among the top five tight ends in four out of seven scored events at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
According to details of Warring’s four-year rookie contract, its annual value is $910,114, he received a $892,204 signing bonus, which is fully guaranteed money, the 2019 cash payout is $1,387,204, the total value of the contract is $3,640,454, and he’s eligible for free agency in 2023.
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