One player that could be a cap casualty for the Houston Texans is back up offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom.
Given the fact that the 30 year-old Bergstrom is scheduled to bring in $2.6 million for the 2017 season, the best thing for the Texans to do would be to release him in order to save the money and put it elsewhere.
A nice chunk of Bergstrom’s $2.6 million salary will come on March 9th when he’s scheduled to collect a $250,000 roster bonus.
It would be nice for the Texans to have a veteran like Bergstrom behind Greg Mancz, Nick Martin, Oday Aboushi and Xavier Su’a-Filo, but they have to decide whether paying him almost $3 million next season is worth it.
Given the fact that the Texans would only have to swallow $375,000 in dead money if they do in fact cut Bergstrom, it makes a lot of sense.
Houston can always find a cheaper replacement via free agency or through the draft.
With the Texans hoping to re-sign free agents A.J. Bouye, John Simon, Ryen Griffen and others, they will need all the money can get. And getting rid of Bergstrom would give them more flexibility. Especially when it comes to giving star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins a new contract.