Texans cut linebacker Zach Cunningham in surprise fashion

The Houston franchise had extended the linebacker’s contract for four years and $ 58 million in just 2020.

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans they released the linebacker Zach Cunningham, confirmed this Wednesday the head coach David culley.

The low of Cunningham comes after he was suspended for the game of the Week 13 of the Texans, a defeat to the Indianapolis Colts, because you were late for your scheduled test of COVID-19.

It was the second time in the campaign that Cunningham did not play for violating team rules. In the Week 2 against the Cleveland browns, was sent to the bank for the first period, due to recurring lateness.

“We have standards. I didn’t feel that those standards had been consistently observed. And since I made a decision that was the best for our team. It’s about the team, it’s not about the individuals,” he said. Culley.

The head coach said the decision to go ahead without Cunningham “It wasn’t difficult at all.”

“It’s about the team, not any individual player. And one thing I always talk about is, it’s not necessarily about being the best player on the team, but it’s about being the best player for the team, and that’s our motto, “he said.

Cunningham, a 2017 second-round pick, signed a four-year, $ 58 million contract extension in 2020. The linebacker has 67 tackles and one forced fumble this season.

The Texans explored transfer to Cunningham during training camp and before the trade deadline, but they were unable to find an interested partner.

If Cunningham be claimed via waivers, the Texans they would save $ 275,000 (the remainder of the linebacker’s base salary for the season) against the 2021 salary cap, in addition to his per-game roster bonuses. According to OverTheCap, there is a $ 10 million injury guarantee built into the contract for Cunningham.

The move will leave the Texans with a charge of 5.5 million in dead money in 2021, and 12.8 million in dead money in 2022 from the contract of Cunningham.