Originally Posted by Texian
This much I do know, the Texans started that year by cutting Winston, Vickers and Lienart and trading Ryans in order to get under the salary cap. The Texans didn't have a PK because Rackers was a FA. The Texans drafted Bullock and he showed up at OTAs with a bum leg. In order to bring in an experienced kicker as backup the Texans first had to release Jacoby Jones in order to sign Graham.
Some people have a brain and they use it. Others choose to ignore the obvious. Which one are you? Just because you don't understand the why and what for doesn't mean that other people do understand what is going on.
You are fabricating your own plot.
Winston - many people were complaining about his play for a couple seasons, said he was overpaid and wanted him cut. Was money a consideration? - sure as it should be for every player evaluating cost v. performance. They were proven correct by his getting cut again after 1 season at his new team.
Vickers - JAG whose roster spot was filled by someone making a similar salary. They don't just cut and leave the spot open. At his position there was a great deal of excitement in what Casey might provide.
Lienart - in many ways less than a JAG. Are you claiming this somehow hurt the team? TJ now had real game experience. Leinart was unnecessary.
DeMeco - again, wasn't performing to his contract. There are plenty of threads around here on how he had not come back well from injury and did not fit our 3-4 well.
Graham - signed May 7th for another leg in camp which is done every year. That's a week after the draft and had nothing to do with Bullock having a bum leg. Bullock tore his groin months later in the preseason.
Jacoby Jones - underachieving WR who people had been screaming to cut for a few years (in addition to the playoff gaff). Right now there is a thread wanting to cut Martin in his 2nd year and it has nothing to do with the cap. The Texans had just drafted 2 WRs to upgrade the position. When JJ was released the Texans did not need cap room for Graham.
You are trying to sell these as "forced to by the cap" moves. That ignores all the perfectly legitimate reasons to make them. The only one which arguably hurt them on the football field was Winston. The rest are ordinary churn, part of every team's analysis of what deadwood to get rid of and where upgrades can be made.