How does Barkevious Mingo exit affect the Texans?

The Houston Texans will not have one of the players they received in the Jadeveon Clowney trade returning the roster in 2020.

There will be another player from the AFC South championship team from this past season not on the Houston Texans roster in 2020, and that player is reserve linebacker Barkevious Mingo. The Texans received Mingo, Jacob Martin and a third round pick from the 2020 NFL Draft for Jadeveon Clowney last offseason.

Mingo instead signed with the Chicago Bears for a one-year deal worth $1.187 million, and as the Houston Chronicle reported, $887,000 of that amount is guaranteed.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle wrote the following about the Mingo deal with the Bears:

“The Texans maintained interest in Mingo during the process, including a contract offer, but the Bears ultimately stepped up to get the deal done.”

The loss of Mingo on the defense does hurt the Texans a little, but he was on the team mostly for depth purposes just like he will be with the Bears in Chicago.

Mingo in his short time with the Texans totaled six tackles with five being solo tackles in regular season games.

The linebacker also collected two QB hits, and he was also active for all 16 games this past season, making one start. In the playoffs, Mingo was also active for both of the games, which included the win over the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round, and the loss in the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gaining Mingo for the one season was a nice addition to the Clowney trade for the Texans but he  cost the franchise $3.7 million in 2019, so the Bears got a better deal for the edge rusher for the ’20 season. Also last season, according to, Mingo’s cap number was $4.1 million.

The Texans now have Whitney Mercilus still as the starting OLB (Sam), and Davin Bellamy as the first reserve at the position. On the other side at OLB (or Jack) the starter is Brennan Scarlett, followed by Martin, and Chris Landrum.

Mingo would have been a solid player to keep on the roster as he is a talented player, but just doesn’t seem to stay on a team long enough to make a big mark with one franchise. The Texans will go on about their business, just like Mingo will with his, so though he’s a solid player to have on the roster, the Texans will just look elsewhere.

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The Texans will keep adding to their linebacker depth as the offseason continues through a variety of ways, and it will be interesting to see how well Mingo does in Chicago, and just how the Texans build their linebacker depth chart from here on out.

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