When you come back to Battle Red Blog next Monday, it will be the start of the NFL’s tampering period. Teams can unofficially sign players before officially signing players during that time. On Monday, we will be talking about the money being tossed around and the moving trucks criss-crossing the country like tennis shoes. In order to set the mood, let’s dim those lights, put on Happiness Hours by the Sidekicks, open up a bag of nuts, and layout the Texans’ financial situation one last time before it gets obliterated next week.
First off, the NFL salary cap jumped from $177.2 million to $188.2 million. Hell yeah, that’s another starter’s worth of salary that each team has. Who said the league is on the downturn?
The second thing is the Texans have already made two big moves this offseason. They franchise-tagged Jadeveon Clowney for $15.9 million in 2019 and are looking to extend him via a long-term contract this summer. Next, Kevin Johnson was released to save a little over $9 million. With the jump in the salary cap and these two moves, Texans Cap has Houston with $72 million in cap room as free agency begins.
Finally, the Texans can still create additional space. Whitney Mercilus could be traded or released. Lamar Miller could be released; same goes for Senio Kelemete. I could see one of these three things happening, especially if Houston makes a run at a free agent left guard with the way the free agent tackle market looks, or if Romeo Crennel is adamant that the team sticks with a 4-3 that features J.J. Watt and Clowney as defensive ends.
Regardless, the key thing is that free agency starts on Monday. The Texans have $72 million to spend to improve their roster for the 2019 season.