Aaron Colvin’s release sticks Texans with hefty salary-cap charge – Chron

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  • The Texans got little on their free-agent investment in Aaron Colvin, who was cut Tuesday after struggling during his brief tenure in Houston. Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

    The Texans got little on their free-agent investment in Aaron Colvin, who was cut Tuesday after struggling during his brief tenure in Houston.

    The Texans got little on their free-agent investment in Aaron Colvin, who was cut Tuesday after struggling during his brief tenure in Houston.


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The Texans got little on their free-agent investment in Aaron Colvin, who was cut Tuesday after struggling during his brief tenure in Houston.

The Texans got little on their free-agent investment in Aaron Colvin, who was cut Tuesday after struggling during his brief tenure in Houston.



Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

Aaron Colvin’s release sticks Texans with hefty salary-cap charge

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The Texans will carry a total of $10.615 million in dead money by releasing veteran corner Aaron Colvin from his four-year, $34 million contract that included $18 million guaranteed.

Colvin, cut for performance issues after a rocky first season last year and allowing 8 of 9 completions for 117 yards and at least one touchdown in Monday’s loss to the Saints, still gets paid the remainder of his fully guaranteed $7.5 million base salary this year.

The Texans now carry $8.656 million in salary-cap charges for the year for a player no longer on the roster. They will have a $2 million cap charge in 2020 for the pro-rated portion of his $4 million signing bonus.


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The Texans save nearly $235,000 in roster bonuses Colvin could have earned this year, at a rate of $15,625 per game he was active. Colvin earned that bonus for the opening game.


If Colvin signs with another team this year, the amount the Texans owe him will be subtracted from the remaining salary he’s due from the team.

Colvin made $18.15 million from his Texans contract. He started three games and played in 11 games for the Texans with 34 total tackles and one pass defensed with no interceptions and was a healthy scratch for a playoff loss in January.

The Texans also have a $7 million cap charge for paying a $7 million signing bonus to Jadeveon Clowney to complete his trade to Seattle.

They also paid former tackle Matt Kalil $2.25 million before terminating his contract before the season that was worth up to $7.5 million.


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