Could the Houston Texans cut Johnathan Joseph?

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Johnathan Joseph is set to make $11.25 million in 2014. Houston, do we have a problem?

Typically when an NFL teams goes 2-14, the following offseason sees a lot of wholesale changes made. For the Houston Texans thus far, they've already hired a new coaching staff, but haven't done much to reshape the roster. Everyone assumes incumbent quarterback Matt Schaub will be cut in order to save the team as much as $11 million in 2014.

But Dave Zangoro of CSN Houston believes Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph could also be a salary cap casualty, as well as a number of ither key Texans veterans:

There are other players like Johnathan Joseph ($11.25 million cap hit) and Danieal Manning ($5,506,125 cap hit) who might be possible cuts also.

Another one might be Owen Daniels, who has a cap hit of $6.25 million this year. If the Texans cut Daniels, they'd save $4.5 million in cap room.

After Joseph's first five years in the NFL with the Bengals, he signed a 5-year with Houston worth $48.75 million with $23.5 million guaranteed. He made the All-Pro team in 2011, but his play slowly declined since then, and now the team has a very tough decision to make with him.

He's not worth his salary this year, and with the team possibly looking to rebuild the roster under a new coaching regime, Joseph should be asked to either restructure his contract, or dealt away to the highest bidder. There may be a contender, like the Denver Broncos, who are willing to take on his salary in hopes he has enough left in the tank to be a part of a championship contender. Joseph did finish with a respectable +6.2 grade in 2013 via Pro Football Focus.

If the Texans do choose to cut him, it's hard to see him ending back in Cincinnati unless they pony up more Gatorade.

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