On Thursday, the Houston Texans announced the release of one of their free agent signings from a season ago. Per the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are releasing 31-year old offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom. The Texans targeted Bergstrom as a potential replacement for the departed Brandon Brooks to Philadelphia. He was thought to be key depth at Guard and Center. Instead, the former Oakland Raider flopped in his limited appearances with the team. Signed to a 2-year deal, Bergstrom appeared in just 3 games in his first season in Houston. The Texans decided that they had seen enough from the veteran, and sided with the savings from cutting Bergstrom.
With the release, the Texans save themselves over $2.5 million against the salary cap. The move furthers the need for the team to add talent to the offensive line in the draft. Houston has remained quiet in free agency, but they have been linked to several offensive line prospects in the draft.
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Houston’s need for help on the offensive line is no question. Starting guards Xavier Su’a-filo struggled in his time at left guard last year. Meanwhile, the team’s other free agent lineman Jeff Allen missed significant time with injury last season, and struggled when on the field. Furthermore, the team has question marks at tackle. Duane Brown is only getting older, and Derek Newton faces a long recovery following his devastating knee injuries. Whoever they target, the team will be looking for more of a return on their investment than they got from Tony Bergstrom in 2016.