The Houston Texans are parting ways with a ragged first-round defender.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport studies Houston released nook Kevin Johnson, per a source immediate of the choice. The Texans drafted Johnson with the No. 16 overall choose in 2015. Houston confirmed the data later Tuesday.
A proficient nook, Johnson has struggled to protect wholesome the past three seasons. He performed true six games in 2016, 12 in 2017 and took part in neutral one tilt in 2018 earlier than going on injured reserve after multiple concussions. Johnson has started only eight games since his rookie marketing campaign.
Rapoport beforehand reported that the Texans were attempting to alternate Johnson. They apparently chanced on no takers for an hurt-riddled nook with a excessive wage in the closing year of his contract.
The 26-year-ragged became as soon as due to scheme $9.069 million in the fifth year of his rookie deal, which became as soon as guaranteed for hurt only earlier than the fresh league year. The liberate indicates Johnson is wholesome heading into the originate market.
In a league repeatedly scouring for six-foot corners, Johnson can comprise to unexcited score work if he can remain wholesome. It’s no longer going to be on the $9 million wage he became as soon as in line to scheme, and it will probably maybe perchance perchance be on a non permanent form out a crew hoping to capitalize on a proficient participant coming off hurt with something to masks.
Chopping Johnson underscores the uncertainty in the Texans’ secondary heading into free agency. Starting nook Kareem Jackson and security Tyrann Mathieu are space to hit the originate market. Place nook starters Kayvon Webster and Shareece Wright are additionally free brokers.
Cornerback will be a titanic need for Texans GM Brian Gaine right by strategy of free agency and the draft.