Re: Why aren't we trying to find a kicker?
Bullock's signing bonus is a mere $178K, a quarter of which is already in the book. The dead money incurred by cutting him is only 3/4*178K; very little.
Half of his base salary of $390K is already in the book at the rookie minimum value; I doubt that the other half is guaranteed for skill since he's a rookie, not a vested veteran.
(It would be very ironic if his salary is guaranteed for skill, LOL.)
Signing another rookie shouldn't cost the Texans anymore than that little chunk of signing bonus yet to be recorded in the book.
Signing a veteran would cost more; how much depends on the number of years they've been in the league. For half a season, it should be only about $400-500K (instead of the $195K remaining on Bullock's contract value of $390K).
If the Texans are serious about winning, the money is not that big of a deal.