The Texans have made a change at offensive line, releasing offensive tackle Tyson Clabo, the team announced today (via Twitter). Because Clabo is a vested veteran, he won’t have to pass through waivers, meaning he’ll immediately be eligible to sign with a new team.
Clabo, 33, signed a two-year contract last July with the Texans, but after starting each and every one of his 116 career NFL games prior to the 2014 season, he was a reserve for Houston. For the season, Clabo logged just 101 offensive snaps, with 73 of those coming in Week 16 against the Ravens. Before he joined the Texans, Clabo spent most of his career with the Falcons, earning a Pro Bowl berth following the 2010 season, and also spent a single season in Miami in 2013.
A good chunk of Clabo’s $1.32MM cap hit for 2015 had been tied to his non-guaranteed base salary and roster bonuses that went unearned. As such, Houston will only be on the hook for $100K in dead money after releasing the veteran lineman.