Texans News Roundup: A.J. Cann released, Murray restructured

Jan 2, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Houston Texans free safety Eric Murray (23) during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Texans News Roundup: A.J. Cann released, Murray restructured

The Houston Texans remain active in free agency with signings and releases as they continue to reshape their roster.

As a corresponding move to their acquisition of new starting right guard Shaq Mason, the Houston Texans are expected to part ways with last season’s starting right guard, A.J. Cann.

Cann signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal with Houston last offseason. Cann’s salary for 2023 was not guaranteed, but the team will incur a dead cap charge of $1 million for a prorated signing bonus.

Known as a strong run blocker who struggles in the passing game, Cann allowed five sacks last season and had periods of struggling in pass protection

Houston also is restructuring the contract for defensive back Eric Murray, according to KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson. Murray signed a three-year, $20.25 million contract in 2020 and restructured it into a two-year, $8 million deal last season.

With his new deal, he can earn up to $4 million this season. Murray had 27 tackles last season as a backup safety and special teams player.

Houston also brings back M.J. Stewart on a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

Stewart recorded 41 tackles last season, including a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries as a reserve defensive back and special teams player.

Houston lost return man and special teamer Tremon Smith in free agency, as he signed with the Denver Broncos. He signed for two years and $5.5 million.

Texans pass rusher Ogbo Okoronkwo will not have a second season in Houston, as he signed with the Cleveland Browns on a three-year, $22 million contract. Okoronkwo recorded 44 tackles, including 9 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits, and 5 sacks for Houston last season.

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