Teams around the NFL are making several roster cuts on Friday before contracts become either fully or partially guaranteed. The Houston Texans were one of those franchises this afternoon that released a notable player.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Texans are releasing Vernon Hargreaves. Houston had to make this move in order to avoid paying the former first-round pick $10 million next season.
Hargreaves is entering his fifth year in the NFL. He spent nearly four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before making his way over to the Texans. An issue for Hargreaves has been his lack of effort, which is one of the reasons why he never got along with Bruce Arians.
It’s very possible that Hargreaves finds a new home before free agency begins in March. There’s still plenty of gas left in the tank for the 24-year-old cornerback, and teams might be able to sign him to an affordable contract.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2020
Many scouts thought Hargreaves would be an elite cornerback at the next level. He hasn’t reached his potential thus far in his career, but a change of scenery could help.
There’s also a chance that Houston re-signs Hargreaves to a much cheaper deal. But first, the Texans might want to see who else is out there on the open market.
Hargreaves has totaled 186 tackles and two interceptions over his four-year career. We’ll find out soon enough if his best days are ahead of him.