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Houston Texans Cut Nick Martin

The former second-round pick signed a contract extension less than two years ago.

NFL: AFC Wild Card-Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today we got the news that the Texans released Duke Johnson. Now we learn that they’re also cutting their starting center.

This move will save the Texans $6,250,000.00 in cap space in 2021.

Nick Martin was selected by the Texans in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Despite signing a contract extension in 2019 that compensated him as though he was one of the very best centers in the league, Martin never played at a level that matched his contract in Houston. That’s not to say he was terrible; he wasn’t. Martin was mediocre. Ultimately, average play while earning extravagant dollars will get you cut far more often than not in the NFL.

The Texans are at the beginning of a forced demolition and rebuild made necessary by their own past poor decisions. Releasing Nick Martin today is simply an acknowledgment of one such bad choice and an attempt to take a step in the right direction salary cap wise.

As we’ve repeatedly said here on multiple occasions, things are going to get darker for a long time before any semblance of light begins to show itself on the horizon for Texans fans. Buckle up.