Texans’ Derek Newton takes pay cut

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It was only a matter of time before the Houston Texans would redo Derek Newton’s contract.

We already know that Texans’ right tackle Derek Newton will not be playing in 2017 after suffering a horrific injury to both of his knees last season.

in order to give themselves some cap relief, the Texans have restructured Newton’s contract.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle has the details of Newton’s new contract.

"Injured Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton has restructured his contract, reducing his base salaries in each of the next three seasons.Placed on the reserve-physically unable to perform list due to torn patellar tendons suffered last season that will sideline him for the entire year, Newton was originally due $4.75 million in base salaries for 2018, 2018 and 2019.Newton is now due a guaranteed $1.75 million base salary this year and nonguaranteed base salaries of $2.25 million and $2 million in 2018 and 2019.It’s now a three-year, $10 million deal in the renegotiation of his original five-year, $26.5 million contract extension signed in 2015."

With Newton’s career on hold and possibly over, it didn’t make sense for the Texans to keep Newton on their roster with the amount of money he was making from his previous deal.

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It would have made more sense for Houston to cut Newton with his future so uncertain.

Instead of moving on from Newton through a difficult time, the Texans will continue to pay him as he continues to rehab.

The Texans made the right move by supporting Newton.