Free agent defensive end Antonio Smith, who had hoped to return to the Texans, signed on Friday with the Oakland Raiders
"It is a two-year deal," Smith said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "It is emotional.
"I really like what's going on here and their plan for me. That was the biggest thing. The role they want me to be in is the best role for me at this point in time in my career, still (committed to) as a starter and one of the best guys in the league instead of coming off the bench.
Smith said he is disappointed he will not be returning to the Texans.
"It's kind of like a double-edged sword," Smith said. "It's heartbreaking and then excitement at the same time."
Smith said there was communication, between his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and the Texans about him returning to Houston.
"Yes, there was," Smith said. "There was good talk about it. (Texans executive vice president/general manager) Rick (Smith) expressed that he really wanted me back. He was real interested in it.
"It came down to what I saw as the plan for me. It came to the level I felt I could still play at and the role I wanted to play in that. The feel I got from the Texans was a feel of a third-down rusher coming off the bench."
Smith said his decision-making process including reaching out for some divine intervention.
"I feel like this is the best decision for me," Smith said. "I prayed on it, been praying on it for weeks.
"I asked the Lord to show me without a shadow of a doubt what is the right decision to make... and this is the right decision for me."
Smith signed with the Texans in 2009 after leaving the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent.