On a day where a multitude of lesser-known players have either changed teams through the waiver process or been assigned to a practice squad, the Texans have made several higher-profile moves — after acquiring Ryan Mallett earlier today, the team has released veteran safety Chris Clemons, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
Clemons, 28, signed a two-year deal with Houston that contained $450K in guaranteed money — the Texans will save $800K in cap space for the upcoming season. Clemons had spent the first five seasons of his career with the Dolphins after being selected in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. In five years in Miami, Clemons started 48 games, racking up 207 tackles and four interceptions. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) graded Clemons as the 19th-best safety in the league last season.
As Clemons looks to latch on with a new team before Week 1, the Texans will likely go with Kendrick Lewis as their starting free safety.