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Texans Restructure Zach Fulton’s Contract

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It doesn’t appear there will be any change to Houston’s starting offensive line from 2019 to 2020.

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Over the last few months, there’s been some speculation that your Houston Texans could decide to cut Zach Fulton, who they signed as a free agent two years ago to bolster their then-horrendous offensive line, in order to free up additional cap space. Fulton certainly hasn’t been great in Houston, and it stands to reason the Texans might see a way to upgrade one of their guard positions by parting ways with the pricey veteran; indeed, Larry Warford was mentioned a few weeks back as a potential target (though it seems unlikely jettisoning Fulton and signing Warford would result in much, if any, cap savings).

Today, however, the Texans signaled that they’d rather maintain continuity on their offensive line instead of creating as much cap room as possible. Instead of cutting Fulton, the team restructured his existing contract.

So the Texans are slated to bring back their starting offensive line, with Fulton returning at a reduced salary in 2020 and with no guaranteed dollars in 2021. This makes it exceptionally easy for the team to move on from him after next season, but it also likely means any dreams of Warford (or another proven veteran) coming to Houston before September are dashed. Your thoughts?