Although Cushing quickly visited the Seahawks and had a visit lined up with the Raiders that was canceled after Oakland signed Derrick Johnson, Cushing did not sign anywhere. The 2018 NFL season was the first one since the Texans selected him in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft that Cushing was not on an NFL roster.
Cushing never announced his retirement from the NFL, mind you. But the fact that he wasn’t employed last year likely meant he was effectively retired, whether it was by his choice or that of the league.
That retirement was short-lived. Cushing has now rejoined the only franchise he’s ever known. Not as a player, though. Cushing will work with the Texans’ strength and conditioning staff and assist the defensive coaches as needed.
Texans have hired their former linebacker Brian Cushing to work with strength and conditioning staff and to help on defense.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 29, 2019
Texans add Brian Cushing to strength and conditioning, coaching staff https://t.co/0G5AiTQWgU— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 29, 2019
Welcome back to the fold, Cush. We missed you.