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Texans release CB Vernon Hargreaves

Vernon Hargreaves, Texans

The Houston Texans have released cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. This allows the Texans to avoid Hargreaves’ $10 million fifth-year option for 2020 before it becomes fully guaranteed.

Houston initially acquired Hargreaves off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in November.

In six games with the Texans, he logged 21 tackles, and in 15 games between Houston and the Buccaneers overall in 2019, Hargreaves totaled 61 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery, six passes defended and a defensive touchdown.

Hargreaves, who played his collegiate football at the University of Florida, was originally selected by Tampa Bay with the 11th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The 24-year-old played in every game during his rookie campaign, finishing with 76 tackles, a pick, a forced fumble and nine passes defended. The following year, Hargreaves was limited to just nine games due to injuries, recording 42 tackles and five passes defended during his time on the field.

Then, in 2018, Hargreaves appeared in just one contest before hitting the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury.

Given the fact that he is still very young, the Manchester, Ct. native shouldn’t take too long to find a new home, but it may very well have to be in a reserve role.

The Texans won 10 games and captured the AFC South division title this past season, marking their fourth division crown in five years. They then defeated the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round.