Would the Texans have cut Keith Mumphrey, Max Bullough if they were top picks?

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Keith Mumphrey and Max Bullough wouldn’t have been released if they were all-pro caliber players.

I really thought the Houston Texans were smart to release both wide receiver Keith Mumphrey and linebacker Max Bullough last week.

Even though Mumphrey was never charged with sexual assault after a local Michigan prosecutor didn’t feel like there was enough evidence to press charges, Michigan State University felt like they needed to protect themselves so they expelled him from the school for two years.

This is definitely the kind of attitude the NFL and their franchises need to have when it comes to player conduct.

Then you have Bullough who failed a performance enhancing drug test and has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season. Houston clearly didn’t feel like it was worth it for them to keep him.

I wonder, if Mumphrey and Bullough were high draft picks and impact players like a Will Fuller or Whitney Mercilus, would the Texans have still released them?

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My guess is no. The Texans wouldn’t have released either Bullough or Mumphrey if they had a lot of money invested in them.

Mumphrey was only a fifth round pick who was scheduled to make $615K this coming season.

Bullough went undrafted in 2014 and was onlyset to make $690K this coming season.

Getting rid of both Bullough and Mumphrey was a no-lose situation for the Texans.

The problem with the NFL is that if you’re a proven player, you can get away with almost anything.

If you’re someone like Bullough and Mumphrey you will be rightfully punished.

Teams would be smart to start putting clauses in contracts that would enable them to move on from players like Mumphrey and Bullough if they have a lot of money invested in them.

Right now teams like the Texans don’t look good when they don’t have a problem releasing no-name players, but they wouldn’t do the same to an impact player like Jadeveon Clowney.