Derek Newton To Be Cut By Texans

Grievance To Be Filed

April 12, 2018 - 11:30 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Derek Newton has been informed by the Texans that he will be cut.

Newton last played in a game for the Texans in November of 2016 when he suffered a gruesome injury in which he tore the patellar tendons in both knees.

The 30-year-old recently drew praise from his head coach, Bill O’Brien, when he admired how hard Newton has worked to get back on the field.

“I would say he’s on schedule, but I wouldn’t say he’ll be able to do a ton of things this Spring.  Nobody has worked harder than Derek Newton to try and get back to where he’s at.  That guy has been there every single day at 6 a.m. five days a week.”

O’Brien made those comments during the NFL Meetings in late March.

USA Today’s Mike Jones tweets that Newton will file a grievance against the Texans for not paying him a roster bonus of $500,000 that he was due on April 1.   Jones also tweets The Texans failed Newton on a March 23 physical with the team. 

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Dr. James Andrews had informed Newton that he was physically ready to participate in the offseason conditioning program despite some normal swelling and soreness coming off his injury.

Wilson also states that Newton had restructured his contract and was on a split salary this year, so the Texans had financial protection in case there was a setback. 

Newton was a seventh-round draft pick by the Texans in 2011 out of Arkansas State.  Newton appeared on the gameday roster for 82 games in his six seasons with the Texans and started 68 of those.

The offensive line was a main priority for Brian Gaine and the Texans this offseason.  The organization signed a trio of free agents that they expect to contribute next season with the addition of Senio Kelemete, Zach Fulton and Seantrel Henderson.