I'm interested to see who anyone thinks might or should be cap casualties. It's been pointed out to me that it is risky to let veterans go when they impact the leadership of a team, but sometimes a team has to make decisions that will help a team. I think there a few needs that need to be addressed. Walker/Payne/Johnson/Smith is too much money tied up in DTs when a switch to a 4-3 means only 2 can start. Johnson and Smith are the younger and healthier players so I don't think they go. Payne is only 31 and would provide a good 3rd DT. He's also more cap friendly and less injury prone. So... Walker is signed through 2009. His accelerated cap hit would be $7.3 million. He is due for $5.8 this season. It would cost the Texans $1.5 million to cut him, but would definitely help out over the next 3 years. Marcus Coleman lost his starting spot and probably a lot of supporters with his lackluster play. He made mental mistakes and showed a lack of effort at many times. He's signed though 2007. His accelerated cap hit would be $2.5 million against a salary of $3 million. It's a no brainer when you save money. Steve Mckinney doesn't need to necessarily get cut unless he refuses to renegotiate. He's in the last year of the contract that is due to pay him $4.7 million this season. His allocated bonus is $800k so it would save the team almost $4 million to release him. $4 million a year could get the team LeCharles Bentley. Hmm...I'd rather go that route. I think they can restructure, keep him and still save the $4 million. Todd Wade is due a ton of money over the next 4 years. No really, if you weigh it out it equals 2000 lbs. Can he handle a regular zone blocking scheme? He struggled a lot last season and I think the team would be much better served looking to the draft for a starting RT. His accelerated cap hit would be $6.7 million. He is due $5.1 this season and who knows how much more the following. It would cost $1.6 million to release him and the team would get better. With those 4 changes the Texans save about a million and a half this season. Now, if they wait until after June 1 for Walker and Wade they could push $7 million to next season's salary cap...hmmm...possibly no cap next year. You might see a lot of June 1 cuts this year if they can push half the cap hits onto 2007. If the Texans save $8 million off that cap to add to the $9 they have available now they could look to add a LeCharles Bentley and a Chris Hope possibly.