Houston Texans release veteran tight end Ryan Griffin.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Houston Texans have released veteran tight end, Ryan Griffin. He was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee in the offseason while the 2019 NFL Draft was taking place. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, he was one of the last two players remaining of that draft class besides first round pick, DeAndre Hopkins.
Griffin was unable to have the same success as his counterpart and his fate seemed to be sealed after the Texans drafted tight end Kahale Warring from San Diego State in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Texans have continued to retool the roster with the hire of Brian Gaine as the general manager in 2018, and Griffin’s future with the team was at stake as he was trying to earn the seal of approval of the new front office. He failed in the role as the starting tight end in the 2018 season as he finished with 24 receptions for 305 receiving yards and no touchdown receptions.
Since Gaine took over the role as the general manager for the Texans, he has selected three tight ends in the draft and signed one in free agency. He drafted Jordan Akins in the third and Jordan Thomas in the sixth round in 2018. Meanwhile, drafting Warring and signing Darren Fells in free agency during this offseason.
Griffin was entering the final season the 3 years $9 million contract extension he signed with the Texans once his rookie scale contract expired.