It has been a flurry of trades, cuts, and waiver wire pickups over the last few days as the NFL season nears. For the Houston Texans, their recent blockbuster acquisition of left tackle Laremy Tunsil has left their projected starter on the outside looking in.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Texans are releasing former Pro Bowl tackle Matt Kalil.
The move comes one day after they traded two first-round picks and other assets for Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills.
Veterans released this afternoon include:
*Browns OT Greg Robinson
*Texans OT Matt Kalil
*Jaguars TE Ben Koyack
*Raiders DT Josh Mauro
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2019
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Kalil’s career got off to a fast start. As a rookie, he earned Pro Bowl honors with the Minnesota Vikings.
However, his play began to decline, even though he started 82 straight games for Minnesota before a hip injury ended his 2016 campaign.
Kalil became a free agent after that season and signed a five-year, $55 million deal with the Carolina Panthers. He spent the 2017 season playing alongside his older brother, center Ryan Kalil.
But after starting all 16 games at left tackle for Carolina in 2017, he missed the entire 2018 campaign with a knee injury. He was released at the end of the season.
Kalil signed with Houston in March just over a week after being cut by the Panthers.
Kalil may not have to wait too long to find a new team though. The timing may be bad, but as the season goes along and offensive line injuries mount, someone will come calling.