Texans dead cap: 42 contracts account for over $42.28 million

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The first year with Nick Caserio as general manager was going to be a hard one. Just as the Houston Texans didn’t have hardly any picks in the top 100 of the 2021 NFL draft, so too would they be working with diminished salary cap space.

Over the course of the season, as the Texans figure out which players they can build around and which ones would be better suited elsewhere, Houston incurred more costs. It isn’t cheap to release veterans who still had years and money left on their deals.

Here is a list of the 42 contracts that are generating the dead money on the Texans’ salary cap.

1. DE Whitney Mercilus — $8 million

(AP Photo/Justin Rex)

2. CB Bradley Roby — $4,672,431

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texans-david-culley-bradley-roby-trade-saints

(AP Photo/Justin Rex)

3. WR Randall Cobb — $3,500,000

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randall-cobb-trade-texans-packers

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4. RB Phillip Lindsay — $3,044,118

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5. C Nick Martin — $2,500,000

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texans-tim-kelly-one-bad-snap-define-nick-martin

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6. WR Andre Roberts — $2,176,472

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texans-browns-first-quarter-recap

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7. DE Shaq Lawson — $1,752,500

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former-texans-shaq-lawson-finally-be-myself-jets

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8. LB Benardrick McKinney — $1,500,000

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texans-benardrick-mckinney-done-2020-shoulder-injury

(AP Photo/Matt Patterson)

9. RB Mark Ingram — $1,289,216

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mark-ingram-texans-adapt-defenses-play-run-differently

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10. LB Joe Thomas — $1,088,350

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texans-encouraged-red-zone-defense

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11. P Bryan Anger — $833,334

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12. LB Duke Ejiofor — $826,313

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texans-cut-duke-ejiofor-failed-physical

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13. CB Vernon Hargreaves — $785,620

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texans-cut-vernon-hargreaves

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14. C-G Zach Fulton — $750,000

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texans-out-zach-fultons-contract

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15. QB Jeff Driskel — $750,000

(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

16. WR Alex Erickson — $500,000

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texans-2021-preseason-awards

(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

17. DT Brandon Dunn — $500,000

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texans-brandon-dunn-building-momentum-training-camp

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18. TE Darren Fells — $500,000

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19. WR Chris Moore — $500,000

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texans-happy-not-surprised-chris-moores-patriots

(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

20. CB Gareon Conley — $480,000

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texans-gareon-conley-still-not-close

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

21. DE Charles Omenihu — $451,879

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texans-charles-omenihu-inactive-patriots

(AP Photo/Justin Rex)

22. DT Jaleel Johnson — $400,000

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23. C-G Lane Taylor — $400,000

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texans-lane-taylor-working-injury

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24. OT Roderick Johnson — $400,000

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25. TE Antony Auclair — $350,000

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texans-antony-auclair-details-learned-rob-gronkowski

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26. WR Anthony Miller — $336,125

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texans-release-anthony-miller

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27. CB Cornell Armstrong — $317,778

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texans-re-sign-cornell-armstrong-1-year-deal

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

28. C-G Senio Kelemete — $250,000

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senio-kelemete-thanks-texans-past-3-seasons

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29. LB Joe Thomas — $250,000

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30. TE Kahale Warring — $223,051

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texans-cut-kahale-warring

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31. RB Buddy Howell — $200,000

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buddy-howell-texans-no-hard-feelings

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32. QB Jeff Driskel — $193,000

(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

33. WR Keke Coutee — $182,257

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

34. LB Hardy Nickerson — $150,444

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35. S Jaylen Watkins — $150,000

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36. WR Chris Moore — $136,444

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texans-brandin-cooks-pleased-chris-moore-step-up-patriots

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37. RB Dontrell Hilliard —$127,222

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5-texans-could-first-round-cuts

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38. CB John Reid — $123,600

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texans-john-reid-playbook-most-challenging-part-nfl

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

39. C Ryan McCollum — $108,333

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40. OT Carson Green — $108,333

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41. C-G Cole Toner

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42. DE Derek Rivers — $100,000

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