Texans Officially Release LB Brian Cushing, Free Up $7.64M Of Cap Room

Adam Schefter reports that the Texans have officially released LB Brian Cushing on Tuesday.

  • John McClain first reported that Houston had informed Cushing that he’ll be released sometime before the league year begins March 14.

Cushing had come as a potential cap casualty in recent years, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise. There were a number of factors working against Cushing including his cap figure, recent injuries and suspensions along with the emergence of Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole.

Cushing, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Texans back in 2009. He was entering in the fifth year of his six-year, $55.643 million contract that includes $21 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $7.25 million for the 2018 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Cushing will free up $7,640,625 of available cap space while creating $1.2 million in dead money.

Cushing received a 10 game suspension last year for violating the league’s PED policy that cost him over $4 million from his contract.

In 2017, Cushing appeared in five games and recorded 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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