By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Houston Texans have informed linebacker Brian Cushing that he will be released when the new NFL league-year starts. He has become expendable after his PED suspension.
With Cushing out after violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, second-year linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole stepped up. Due to their play, he has become expendable.
As Cushing leaves, the Texans will save $7.64 million against the cap.
He will likely sign with a team, likely with a one-year, lucrative deal. However, he is clearly not the same player that he used to be.
Teams are going to be reluctant to even give Cushing an opportunity, as he has been busted twice for PEDs. New Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel may give Cushing a chance in Nashville.
The Titans are expected to lose inside linebacker Avery Williamson in free agency.
Cushing played in five games last season. He had 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
He played in the season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars when he had three tackles on September 10th. He then returned on December 10th in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers, playing out the final four games of the season.
Cushing was suspended 10 games on September 13th, 2017. He was suspended four games for his first violation in 2010.
Cushing has played his entire career with the Texans. He was previously a first-round pick by the team in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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