Zach Cunningham released by Texans

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meh, if this guy has any chance of being a locker room cancer or disruptive then I pass. not worth it. We have something special here, don’t mess it up.
 

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He probably won't clear waivers. He owes any team that claims him less than 300k for the rest of the season.

Not sure why we would want him though? He should fit scheme but for me he's Jordan Hicks but not as good and without 3 years in this scheme.
 

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He probably won't clear waivers. He owes any team that claims him less than 300k for the rest of the season.

Not sure why we would want him though? He should fit scheme but for me he's Jordan Hicks but not as good and without 3 years in this scheme.
I don't know enough about him to have an opinion either way. We kind of are forced to hope Collins amounts to something, which would give us 3 ILBers on the roster already, so he'd have to bring a lot to the table. Taking a flyer on a street FA signing, if he clears waivers, may not be a bad thing, though.
 

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A good reason to get him is to keep him from other playoff teams

Yeah but I doubt he clears waivers. He's only owed $275k for the rest of the season.

If you want him why would you not claim him for the sake of $275k?
 

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Yeah but I doubt he clears waivers. He's only owed $275k for the rest of the season.

If you want him why would you not claim him for the sake of $275k?
I can't remember correctly but the cap hit isn't the main issue.

Here it is..... An injury guarantee exists.

If Cunningham is claimed, the Texans would save $275,000 (the linebacker's remaining base salary) against the cap in 2021, plus his per game roster bonus. According to OverTheCap, there is a $10 million injury guarantee attached to Cunningham's contract.
I may still take the chance though personally. But I'm betting some others may as well.
 

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I personally feel being next to Isaiah is probably the best thing for this guy. Hopefully it can work out.

From the Athletic:
Reiss: Cunningham is one of the better run defenders in the NFL, but he's a liability in coverage and didn't fit well in new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith's Tampa 2 scheme.

Before injuries shook up the Texans' linebacker rotation, Cunningham had become a two-down player who came off the field in obvious passing situations. His production did not match his pay.
 

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Even though only ~$275k this season tho, if he were to be claimed i think that means the team that claims him is responsible for any guaranteed money in future years too…
 

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meh, if this guy has any chance of being a locker room cancer or disruptive then I pass. not worth it. We have something special here, don’t mess it up.
True, but he's being called a locker room cancer by the same people that called Hopkins a locker room cancer. What are the odds he just got on Easterby's bad side? If we end up picking him up I wouldn't be worried. Hopkins and JJ can give our front office insight into his character.
 

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True, but he's being called a locker room cancer by the same people that called Hopkins a locker room cancer. What are the odds he just got on Easterby's bad side? If we end up picking him up I wouldn't be worried. Hopkins and JJ can give our front office insight into his character.

Very Likely


He's the entire reason we have DHop
 

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