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Texans Salary Cap Situation 2014

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It is obvious to just about everyone that the Texans are in cap trouble. There are some tough decisions that are going to have to be made, if this team wants to be fixed in the future. Obviously JJ Watt’s contract is coming up and the Texans are going to have to re-sign him and the same goes for Kareem Jackson. Here is the Texans cap space going into next year assuming the cap will stay around 126 million dollars.

Year

Total Liabilities

Salary Cap

Cap Room

2014

$117,170,223

$126,936,760

$9,121,537

This is also taking into account that the following players will be hitting free agency:

Ben Tate

Wade Smith

Ryan Harris

Antonio Smith

Earl Mitchell

Ricky Sapp

Greg Jones

Deji Kareem

Joe Mays

Daryl Sharpton

Bryan Braman

Terrell McClain

You have to understand that the Texans are not going to be able to re-sign all of those guys. They are probably going to lose Wade Smith, Ben Tate, and quite possibly Antonio Smith as well. You also have to save about four to six million of that money for signing your rookie draft picks as well. So after accounting for that we will have about 3-5 million dollars in cap room. I am going to show you how the Texans can get out of the situation they are in and still have enough money to re-sign JJ Watt and Kareem Jackson.

Right off the bat, you know that the Texans are going to cut Matt Schaub. If they cut Schaub it will bring their salary cap up to 13 million dollars. What would give them even more cap space though is if they cut him before June 1st. If they cut him before June 1st it bumps their cap up to…

Year

Total Liabilities

Salary Cap

Cap Room

2014

$106,815,223

$126,936,760

$20,121,537

There are some other obvious salary cap casualties that are most likely going to occur.

Salary Cap Casualties:

TJ Yates

Randy Bullock

Derek Newton

Owen Daniels

Brice McClain

After cutting the following players the Texans will end up with a cap of…

Year

Total Liabilities

Salary Cap

Cap Room

2014

$99,199,750

$126,936,760

$27,737,010

Obviously the Texans are going to re-sign JJ Watt. With almost 28 million dollars in cap space that is definitely a possible thing. If you re-sign JJ Watt to a contract similar to the one that Mario Williams got with the Bills then you are left with…

Year

Total Liabilities

Salary Cap

Cap Room

2014

$108,442,365

$126,936,760

$18,494,395

Here is where the debate is going to begin, if you want to re-sign Kareem Jackson you are probably going to have to cut Jonathan Joseph. You cannot pay both of these guys the money that they want to be paid. It just won’t work out for the franchise. I am in the position that we should cut Jonathan Joseph, who isn't really getting any younger and draft his replacement hopefully in the 2nd or third round. So after cutting Jonathan Joseph (Brings us to 26 million in cap room) and signing Kareem to a deal similar to Eric Wright’s 2012 Bucaneer’s contract the Texans are left with…

Year

Total Liabilities

Salary Cap

Cap Room

2014

$106,877,365

$126,936,760

$20,059,395

All of these moves opens up holes on the team. There are holes at FB, DT, DE, OLB, QB, LG, RT, TE, RB, K, and CB. A lot of these holes are going to have to be filled with our draft picks, some practice squad guys, some free agent veterans, undrafted players, and with guys that are currently on Injured Reserve right now. They should be able to fill a lot of the roster out with their draft picks and still have about 14 million left in cap space to play around with. Obviously we are going to have to rely on some of the rookies and injured guys from last year’s draft to step up and play but the Patriots and countless other teams do it every year and they manage just fine. I am sure that the Texans will be able to do the same. I think we can address the FB and K positions with undrafted free agents or cheap veterans. That really just leaves us with DT, DE, OLB, QB, OL, RB, CB, and TE that need to be addressed in the draft or through Free Agency (still 14 million left over). The two areas that I would attack in Free Agency are QB and DT. Some affordable (1 maybe unaffordable) options Texans could look at:

QB:

Mike Vick

Josh McCown

Chad Henne

Jay Cutler (probably out of the price range)

DT:

Shaun Rogers

Vance Walker

Linval Joseph

Kevin Williams

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If I was the GM of the Texans the first four rounds are going to look like this…

First Round: Jadeveon Clowney/Anthony Barr

Second Round: AJ McCarron or David Fales

Third Round: Aaron Colvin

Fourth Round: Tre Mason

We are going to have some compensatory picks as well so after taking these guys we can draft the best players available for the OL, DT, OLB, and TE spots. We are not going to be able to fill all of these holes in one year with but with the division that we are in and the talent that we already have on the roster we should be able to get back to the playoffs fairly soon. I hope that the Texans actually read this and maybe get some ideas and hire me as their GM because I could use the job and the money. All joking aside, I hope that I was able to enlighten you on the cap situation and what the Texans can do to fix it. What do you think the Texans should do?

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