It makes sense for the Houston Texans and Ryan Griffin to go their separate ways after the underwhelming statistical seasons he’s had since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Griffin is one of the few players left on the roster that were drafted by the previous general manager, Rick Smith. Since Brian Gaine took over the reins as general manager, he’s drafted three tight ends in his first two seasons in the Texans’ front office.
Jordan Akins was drafted in the third round and Jordan Thomas was drafted in the sixth round in 2018. Meanwhile, Kahale Warring was drafted in the third round of this past draft, and Gaine decided to sign Darren Fells in free agency.
Besides Griffin’s poor production in the Texans offense, it is simply a numbers game. Gaine has invested valuable draft capital with the expectation that the recently drafted tight ends can create an impact on the offense. Griffin is entering his seventh season with the Texans with very little production to show for it. Texans have the ability to cut ties with Griffin, who is entering the final season in his friendly 3-year deal $9 million deal he signed with the Texans after his rookie scale contract expired.