April 15th, 2017
The Houston Texans completed three roster transactions on April 13th and April 14th:
- Tony Bergstrom (C/G) was released from the active roster. This transaction saved $2,875,000 in cash for the 2017 season, and leaving only $375,000 in dead money. Bergstrom was signed in 2016 to compete for a position on the offensive line. When Nick Martin was injured during training camp that was Bergstrom’s opportunity to win the starting Center position. However Bergstrom lost the job two second year player Greg Mancz. Bergstrom was active for all 16 games during the 2016 season, and played 1 offensive snap. Bergstrom is a vested veteran and became a street free agent once released; he was not subject to the waiver system.
- Gerald Rivers (LB) was waived from the active roster. Rivers spent the majority of his time with the Texans either on IR or the practice squad. The transaction leaves $0 dead money for 2017.
- JaDaveon Clowney (LB/DE) had the 5th year team option activated for the 2018 season. The team option is a function of the rookie contract for players selected in the first round of the draft. The team had a deadline of May 3rd, 2017 to activate the option. Since the team activated the option this early shows that the two sides were no where close on a contract extension. The team will now opt to discuss a contract extension in 2018 and see if Clowney can replicate the success he had during the 2017 season. The 2018 option salary amount is unknown at this time. It will be interesting to see if the team designates Clowney as a linebacker or defensive end. Clowney would prefer the DE designation as the salary will be larger as compared to LB. The 2018 salary could be anywhere from $12.0 million to $14.0 million depending on the position designation. At the time of the option activation the 2018 salary is guaranteed for injury only. The salary will become fully guaranteed in March 2018 when the new league year starts.