As the NFL heads into its offseason, the hiatus only applies to the action on the field. Free agency is just around the corner, and some teams have already released players to get some breathing room under the salary cap.
When it comes to the Houston Texans, it is difficult to tell whether they have the flexibility to pursue free agents from other organizations. The Texans are $12.9 million under the cap, but re-signing some of their own players will eat up some of that space.
If there is a possibility Houston could pursue a free agent, their role and subsequent cost will be classified this way:
B1 = Backup/Possible Starter
B2 = Backup/Rotational Player
B3 = Backup/Special Teams
S1 = Impact Starter ($5 million+)
S2 = Mid-range Starter ($3-5 million)
S3 = Bargain Starter ($1 million-$3 million)
Any available room to sign the “B” class free agents would likely limit them to $1 million or less as a total cap hit.
If the Texans have UFAs for a position group, they will be listed near the beginning of the slide with their salary cap hit from 2012.