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Texans bid farewell to Matt Leinart

Matt Leinart

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Leinart stands on the sideline with his arm in a sling during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. The Texans won 20-13. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


Quarterback Matt Leinart finally got his chance last season in Houston, after Matt Schaub messed up his foot.

And then Leinart promptly messed up his collarbone, again.

And then T.J. Yates did enough the rest of the way to merit the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

So on a day that featured the unexpected release of tackle Eric Winston, the Texans have made a less surprising move, cutting the 10th pick in the 2006 draft, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Leinart was due to earn only $1.75 million in 2012. It’s entirely possible that the Texans are in the process of clearing cap space in order to squeeze under the spending limit a new contract for linebacker Mario Williams, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.