Report: Texans cutting Tony Bergstrom

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Tony Bergstrom never lived up to expectations with the Houston Texans.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Houston Texans are releasing veteran offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom.

The 30 year-old Bergstrom signed a two-year, $5.75 million contract with the Texans just last year.

Bergstrom was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders and didn’t play much last season for the Texans.

Bergstrom was brought in to back up center Nick Martin but didn’t perform well enough take over when Martin went down with an injury.

Instead the Texans went with Greg Mancz as their fill-in at center for Martin.

With Martin returning the starting line-up for the upcoming season, there really isn’t a good reason for the Texans to hold onto Bergstrom.

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Houston can instead save money by moving on from Bergstrom and than potentially acquire a young interior offensive lineman in this month’s NFL draft or by signing an undrafted free agent.

One option for the Texans will be Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp, who they just brought for a pre-draft visit.

The only thing about Lamp is that he’ll likely get drafted within the first two rounds and Houston can’t afford to use a first or second round pick on an interior offensive lineman.

Dion Dawkins of Temple and Dan Feeney of Indiana are other options as well for the Texans that could end up falling into day three of the draft.