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Houston Texans Restructure Whitney Mercilus’ Contract

And this one is a doozy.

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Presumably in an effort to free up more money to spend this offseason, the Texans have restructured the remaining three years of the four-year contract extension Whitney Mercilus got from the previous administration.

I think it’s fair to say that Mercilus could (would?) have easily been cut this offseason if not for the cap hit the Texans would have taken with such a release. This restructuring gives the Texans $4 million more to utilize in 2021 while simultaneously paying Mercilus more money up front and the right to hit the open market after the 2021 season for his trouble. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the Texans are free and clear of the effects of Mercilus’ ill-advised extension if he does in fact leave Houston after the upcoming season.

First, there’ll still be a dead cap hit of $7 million for Mercilus on the Texans’ books in 2022.

And the voiding of the last two years on Mercilus’ contract will not operate to magically erase the fact that they were originally built into the contract, which means the formula that determines compensatory draft picks for the 2022 NFL Draft won’t factor in Mercilus’ exit if he signs elsewhere.

Reaction to the news, Texans fanatics?