Houston Texans salary cap: 16 players responsible for $52.7M in dead money

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Part of general manager Nick Caserio’s job in rebuilding the Houston Texans is taking chances with contracts, or moving on from players who don’t exactly fit with the current vision for the team.

In releasing and trading players, the Texans have accrued $52,712,957 in dead money that will remain on their books throughout the 2022 campaign.

However, the Texans’ salary cap situation should look more optimistic once the team is able to get upfield into the 2023 offseason when some of these contracts are off the books.

Here is a look at the 16 players who are responsible for the dead money. All figures are from Over The Cap.

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QB Deshaun Watson

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$16,200,000

Current team: Cleveland Browns

LB Zach Cunningham

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$12,832,500

Current team: Tennessee Titans

DE Whitney Mercilus

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$7,000,000

Current team: retirement

DE Shaq Lawson

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$5,257,500

Current team: Buffalo Bills

CB Bradley Roby

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$4,672,431

Current team: New Orleans Saints

WR Randall Cobb

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$3,500,000

Current team: Green Bay Packers

DT Brandon Dunn

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$500,000

Current team: free agency

WR Andre Roberts

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$500,000

Current team: Carolina Panthers

CB Lonnie Johnson

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$453,028

Current team: Kansas City Chiefs

WR DaeSean Hamilton

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$350,000

Current team: free agency

CB Terrance Mitchell

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$250,000

Current team: New England Patriots

CB John Reid

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$247,200

Current team: Seattle Seahawks

TE Kahale Warring

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$223,051

Current team: free agency

LB Eric Wilson

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$206,667

Current team: New Orleans Saints

WR Isaiah Coulter

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$146,478

Current team: Chicago Bears

RB Mark Ingram

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$125,000

Current team: New Orleans Saints

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