Zach Fulton, Texans Reportedly Agree to Restructured 2-Year Contract

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 29, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15:  Zach Fulton #73 of the Houston Texans at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Texans defeated the Titans 24-21.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans opened up additional cap space by reportedly agreeing to a restructured deal with guard Zach Fulton.  

Per ESPN's Field Yates, Fulton will earn up to $5 million in 2020 with a $2.5 million base salary, $1.5 million signing bonus and $1 million bonus for being on the Texans' 90-man roster. He will earn $2 million in base salary and a $1 million roster bonus in 2021. 

Fulton originally signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Texans in March 2018. That contract didn't include any guaranteed money over the final two seasons and gave the team an out after last season with no cap penalties.

Under the original contract, Fulton would have counted $7 million against the cap in 2020 and 2021. His restructured deal saves the Texans $2 million against the cap this season. 

According to Spotrac, Houston had $17.7 million in cap space prior to restructuring Fulton's contract. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round in 2014 and appeared in 63 games over four seasons with the team. 

Per Pro Football Focus, Fulton ranked sixth among right guards with an overall grade of 77.0 in 2019. The 28-year-old has started 28 games in two seasons with the Texans.