This won’t make the headlines that Dont’a Hightower or Marcus Cannon’s decisions have, but your Houston Texans have been informed that one of their players has chosen not to play in 2020 due to his concerns about COVID-19. Eddie Vanderdoes, a reserve defensive lineman who played in three games for the Texans in 2019, is sitting 2020 out.
Another opt-out of a defensive lineman: The #Texans will be without DT Eddie Vanderdoes, source said, as he plans to opt out due to the Coronavirus pandemic. He played late in the season for Houston in 2019.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2020
By opting out of the 2020 season, Vanderdoes will receive an advance of $150,000.00 on his 2021 salary from the Texans.
Vanderdoes was in the last year of his 2 year contract. The 2020 contract year will toll to 2021. Vanderdoes will be eligible for $150k salary advance if he chooses to accept, which would be pulled from his $825k salary in 2021. https://t.co/tF7yrNuSnf— TexansCap (@TexansCap) July 28, 2020
Prior to Vanderdoes’ decision going public, the Texans were awarded Albert Huggins off the waiver wire; I don’t know whether one move had something to do with the other.
The Texans picked up DL Albert Huggins off waivers. He played in four games for the Eagles last season after spending training camp with Houston as a UDFA. He should have a shot at making the Texans' practice squad.— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) July 27, 2020
Huggins signed with the Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Clemson in 2019 and participated in training camp in Houston before getting cut in the preseason.