In a move that many saw coming, the Houston Texans have released veteran safety Danieal Manning in an attempt to create more cap space.
The Texans signed safety Chris Clemons to a two-year deal worth $2.7M (only 750K guaranteed) not but two days ago, paving the way for Manning’s release. By cutting Manning, the Texans will reportedly save $4.5M in cap space, putting their figure at a comfortable $13M under the cap.
The safety position became glutted upon the signing of Clemons, as Manning, Shiloh Keo, Eddie Pleasant, and D.J. Swearinger were all expected to compete for playing time in 2014 before Manning’s release. It’s never bad to have a deep secondary, but when you have three players competing for solely the strong safety position, it’s time to make a move.
The Texans attempted to restructure Manning’s contract but were shunned, with the safety refusing to take a pay cut.
Manning spent the past three seasons with the Texans, starting 35 games in a-row before fracturing his fibula last season. He was placed on the injured reserve, perhaps unaware at the time that his tenure with the Texans was grinding to a halt.
Since undergoing surgery, Manning has been rehabbing his knee. “I couldn’t run full speed right now if we were starting OTAs, but I’m getting there,” Manning said. “I’ve been doing some running, and I think it’ll be another couple of weeks.”
With the added cap space and obvious holes on a roster that finished 2013 on a 14-game slide, expect the Texans to surface in the media as players in the remaining stock of free agent talent.