To clear space for their latest quarterback acquisition, the Houston Texans have released quarterback Case Keenum.
Case Keenum released
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 31, 2014
Last season, Keenum started in 8 games for the Houston Texans. Despite throwing for 1760 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions, the Texans failed to collect a victory within the span.
With Keenum showing little progression throughout the preseason, head coach Bill O’Brien opted to trade for New England Patriots reserve quarterback Ryan Mallett.
Having coached Mallet during his time as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, it was assumed throughout the off-season that O’Brien would target Mallett to fill in the quarterback position with Matt Schaub in Houston.
The rumors flew left and right, with many expecting then-disgruntled wide receiver Andre Johnson, could be sent to New England for Mallett, but things calmed down on that front.
At least, until rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo outplayed Mallett in the preseason, increasing the odds of him being traded–the Texans swooped in and eventually acquired him for a conditional 7th-round selection and cut Keenum in the process to create a roster space.
Opposing teams will have 24 hours to claim Keenum off waivers. If no one claims him, Keenum will be allowed to choose which team he heads to next.