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Report: Texans Release Tony Bergstrom

The 2016 free agent signing lasted only one year in Houston.

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Despite signing former Raiders center Tony Bergstrom to a two-year deal worth nearly $6 million just last offseason, the Texans have now officially parted ways with the embattled offensive lineman.

Bergstrom was initially seen as a backup to 2016 second round pick Nick Martin, but after Martin went down with a season-ending ankle injury, Bergstrom was thrust into spot duty alongside fellow backup center Greg Mancz. Let’s just say that the results were less than impressive.

Martin’s presumptive return to the lineup in his sophomore season paves the way for the Texans to shrink their depth chart back down to two players at the pivot. That being said, it would not be surprising at all to see Rick Smith and Bill O’Brien bring in a few more warm bodies at the position to compete for a roster spot in training camp and fill out lineups in the preseason. Martin and Mancz will almost assuredly be the final two centers on the roster come opening day in September, but the door is wide open for Bergstrom to return as that aforementioned “camp body” should he not land on any other teams over summer.