Report: Texans plan to release Whitney Mercilus

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The Texans are set to part ways with a longtime member of their defense.

Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk790 reports that the team is releasing defensive end Whitney Mercilus. The move is not official, so the Texans could wait to see if any team offers them something in a trade for Mercilus before finalizing the move on Tuesday.

Mercilus was a 2012 first-round pick in Houston and has played 142 games for the franchise between the regular season and playoffs. He is second in franchise history with 57 sacks and third in games played. Mercilus has 12 tackles and three sacks in six appearances this season.

Experienced pass rushers aren’t easy to find in the middle of a season, so Mercilus could draw interest on the trade front or as a free agent if the Texans do release him. A team trading for him would be on the hook for the remainder of his $4.5 million base salary this year.

10 responses to “Report: Texans plan to release Whitney Mercilus

  1. Best news Mercilus could get. I seriously don’t know why David Culley took that job. All jobs aren’t created equal and this situation looks like a nightmare job.

  2. I was surprised they kept him when they dumped everyone else. They did rework his contract, maybe they expected him to refuse the pay cut and he surprised them.
    Now it’s just tanking and saving money – gotta have enough to pay Watson to sit home and watch cartoons.

  3. Rotational player on the D line…the Eagles line could use his services AND Howie loves playing fantasy football with a real NFL franchise.

  4. He’s always been a fan favorite of mine, but he’s done. His contract never should of been extended. Another bone head move by O’Brein! You refuse to pay arguably the best WR in football, but turn around and over pay bums like Brandon Dunn, Fairbain, Nick Martin (BUST) and old timers like Cobb and Mercilius!GEEZ! Nick reworked his contract so we could get out of it. He’s cleaning up the mess but its going to take awhile!

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