The Texans released free agent quarterback Quinn Gray, making the decision to instead work to develop Shane Boyd and rookie Alex Brink. They also released veteran offensive tackle Jordan Black.
The Texans must cut six more players before training camp begins in late July. Teams are allowed only 80 players during camp this year.
"My philosophy is if I've got a veteran player playing in this league and I don't see the opportunity or feel like I can give them a fair opportunity to make a football team, then I want to give them a fair opportunity somewhere else," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I felt that way with both those players and with where they are at those positions. Mainly at the quarterback positions, I made a decision to work with those two young players."
Black was a free agent acquisition in 2007. He rarely saw any playing time after being beaten out by Rashad Butler as the swing tackle last season. He spent much of the recent OTAs nursing minor injuries.
Gray had struggled at times to look comfortable with the Texans during OTAs, and he was slated to become the team's No. 3 option. He was the backup in Jacksonville last season, where he put together a couple of strong performances.
"I just think that from a fit standpoint with our football team, it made more sense for us to let (Gray) go now," general manager Rick Smith said. "I still think this guy's a quality NFL quarterback and I think he's going to have a good career. It's just not a fit here. So much of this league is just timing and fit, and it just wasn't a good fit for us at this point."
The Texans are still waiting to decide the future of offensive lineman Charles Spencer. They did not cut him loose to participate in Monday's practice. He was limited throughout all of OTAs.
"We've got a lot of conversations to have between now and training camp," Smith said. "His rehab process has gone slow, and we had hoped that it would have been a little bit better at this point and so from a lot of standpoints, that's a little disappointing. But we're going to continue to be patient with Charles and give him every opportunity that we can to make it back."
Kubiak said Spencer understands the situation he is in, but it's still difficult for him to accept. He was a third-round pick of the Texans in 2006 and earned the starting job at left tackle during training camp as a rookie. He suffered the career-threatening knee injury in just his second start.
"It is frustrating for him," Kubiak said. "When you are a kid that knows you could have been a starting left tackle in this league for a long, long time and you have this happen to you, it's just a tough pill to swallow. I told him, 'The good Lord's got a plan for all of us. Just keep working.' And he's a great kid, a good man. Things will work out some how, some way. So we just have to figure out where we go from here."
The Texans were still in ongoing conversations with free agent Rosevelt Colvin. The Texans hope to add him to the roster to complement Mario Williams. They want another player capable of pass rushing from the outside.
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