2014 Houston Texans Salary Cap Analysis: Matt Schaub Will Count For $14.5 Million In 2014, Other Texans Aren't Cheap Either

Bearded Schaub would've been nice in 2008-2010. - Wesley Hitt

Battle Red Blog takes a look at the Texans' salary cap situation heading into 2014. How much will Bill O'Brien and Rick Smith have to work with by the time Free Agency starts?

All contract numbers and tables are from the superb Spotrac.com.

Matt Schaub

YEAR BASE S. BONUS MISC. CAP HIT DEAD
2012 4,400,000 4,250,000 3,050,000 11,700,000 -
2013 7,250,000 3,500,000 - 10,750,000 21,250,000
2014 10,000,000 3,500,000 1,000,000 14,500,000 10,500,000
2015 12,500,000 3,500,000 1,000,000 17,000,000 7,000,000
2016 14,500,000 3,500,000 1,000,000 19,000,000 3,500,000
2017

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If he's still on the team, former Pro Bowl MVP Matt "Teh" Schaub will be due a 35% increase in his salary cap number this year. A cool $14.5 million, to be exact. The chances of this actually happening are so astronomically low that they would literally have to be calculated by NASA.

Unfortunately for Schaub, he represents everything that went wrong in the Gary Kubiak Era, and new coach Bill O'Brien will want to divorce himself from that stigma as soon as possible. The salary cap relief is just a bonus.

On that note, according to Spotrac, cutting Schaub will create $10 million in dead money, but a savings of $4.5 million overall. We have heard before that all of Schaub's guaranteed money has already been paid; this might be true, but the salary cap commitment to that money was spread out over the life of his contract. His release would trigger all of that cap hit to this year's total. Someone correct me if I'm wrong there.

It was nice knowing you, Schaub. If only you had grown that sweet beard sooner.

Andre Johnson

YEAR BASE S. BONUS MISC. CAP HIT DEAD
2010 7,182,500 1,611,249 1,000,000 9,793,749 15,214,754
2011 1,300,000 1,611,249 2,500,086 5,411,335 16,603,419
2012 1,000,000 1,611,249 4,600,086 7,211,335 17,692,084
2013 5,000,000 469,583 5,058,335 10,527,918 11,392,084
2014 6,500,000 469,583 5,175,000 12,144,583 11,964,166
2015 10,500,000 469,583 5,175,000 16,144,583 7,319,583
2016 11,000,000 - 3,675,000 14,675,000 2,675,000
2017 UFA

Despite several restructures to his contract, the big lug's salary cap is at a somewhat manageable number. According to Spotrac, he's restructured three times... 2011, 2012 and 2013-- the last of which was a 4 year, $5.5 million deal. A nice little raise in exchange for cap relief.

Barring injury, Andre will age gracefully to the end of his contract and cement himself as a Hall of Fame worthy player. There's no chance the team will ever let him go for salary cap concerns.

Johnathan Joseph

YEAR BASE S. BONUS MISC. CAP HIT DEAD
2011 5,500,000 2,500,000 - 8,000,000 -
2012 2,250,000 2,500,000 1,250,000 6,000,000 -
2013 7,500,000 2,500,000 1,250,000 11,250,000 11,250,000
2014 7,500,000 2,500,000 1,250,000 11,250,000 7,500,000
2015 8,500,000 2,500,000 1,250,000 12,250,000 3,750,000
2016 UFA

As Texans fans, we're all nervous about what version of J-Jo we'll be getting in 2014. He was dominant in 2011, injured and inconsistent in 2012, and somewhere in between in 2013. Have injuries and Father Time eroded his skills? What can we expect from him in a brand new defensive system under a brand new coach?

Either way, the team will be shouldering the same cap hit from Joseph in 2014, so he'll likely be on the roster for at least another year. With the current state of the team's cornerback crew, he should be safe anyway.

Arian Foster

YEAR BASE S. BONUS MISC. CAP HIT DEAD
2012 5,000,000 2,500,000 500,000 8,000,000 -
2013 5,250,000 2,500,000 500,000 8,250,000 13,250,000
2014 5,750,000 2,500,000 250,000 8,500,000 7,500,000
2015 6,000,000 2,500,000 500,000 9,000,000 5,000,000
2016 6,500,000 2,500,000 500,000 9,500,000 2,500,000
2017 UFA


Another evenly distributed contract, thankfully. It's going to be very interesting to see how Foster performs after his injury-shortened 2013 campaign. It'll also be interesting to see how he bounces back after the very-public babymamadrama he's enduring right now. Hopefully it'll all be wrapped up by draft time.

We all appreciated Ben Tate's efforts in 2013, but there's no doubt that Foster's presence and game-breaking ability was sorely missed.

Duane Brown

YEAR BASE S. BONUS MISC. CAP HIT DEAD
2012 1,081,500 2,600,000 900,750 4,582,250 -
2013 2,500,000 2,500,000 - 5,000,000 18,500,000
2014 6,000,000 2,500,000 - 8,500,000 13,500,000
2015 7,000,000 2,500,000 - 9,500,000 5,000,000
2016 7,000,000 2,500,000 - 9,500,000 2,500,000
2017 9,650,000 - - 9,650,000 -
2018 9,750,000 - - 9,750,000 -
2019

Our franchise left tackle is due a nice bump in base salary and an accompanying salary cap hit. Thankfully, it won't rise much more than that throughout the rest of his contract, but he is a prime target for restructuring in the future.

2013 was a less-than-stellar performance for Brown, but he was still solid overall. How much of this can be attributed to the turf toe injury he suffered early in the season? Hard to say; that injury is notoriously hard to get over without constant rest and rehab. A long offseason should put Brown back in prime shape for 2014.

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Those are the top 5 biggest cap hits for the Houston Texans. Honestly, I thought it would be worse, but these are the players you'd expect to be having the biggest financial impact at this point in their careers. Before Schaub's inevitable release, Spotrac projects the team will have $5.6 million cap dollars to spend in 2014, putting the team in decent shape.

They'll need every dollar possible for J.J. Watt's next contract.

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