The Houston Texans have been internally exploring options for RB Lamar Miller. Miller, coming off a less than an ideal season with the Texans. Although many players on the Texans did not have a great season last year, Lamar has not been showing improvement since he was signed alongside Brock Osweiler in 2016 Free Agency. Lamar was becoming the 2nd option when rookie RB D’Onta Foreman had been introduced into the role earlier than expected and started taking away carries through the year.
The Texans have been looking into cutting Miller to save around $5.8 million dollars if he was cut. The Texans already have a good amount of cap space, they are projected to have anywhere from $59-$65 million dollars in cap space to go out and entertain big name, free agents. The Texans have recently introduced new management, with General Manager Brian Gaine getting the first swing at his off-season by cutting Brian Cushing. This was a huge money saving move, and Gaine seems to be making another move that may save some money as well. According to Sarah Barshop, the Texans might not actually part ways, if his play can change during the year, which is a risk they would have to take. Either way, the Texans have a decision to make within the next few weeks as they would want to cut him before the draft and training camp to allow the new members or rookies to fill in his spot, whichever is signed. Lamar is in no way a bad running back, however, the Texans are getting younger, and building around Watson. The Texans have lots of money to spend this free agency, and we will see how Brian Gaine will take a look at the Free Agency market this spring.
The Texans start their Free Agency March 14th- alongside the rest of the league at 4 PM EST. The very next month, the 2018 NFL Draft is on the 26-28th of April. The Texans look to make a splash this year in Free Agency, and Lamar may be one of the pieces cut in order to achieve this goal.