When the Texans officially cut veteran linebacker Brian Cushing on Tuesday, they did so with the knowledge that they're unusually well-stocked at inside linebacker. It wasn't only a financial decision, saving $7.64 million in salary-cap space by shedding a former Pro Bowl defender who served a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy. The Texans have young, established talent at inside linebacker in Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham. They have a speedy backup in Dylan Cole, a major free agent discovery as a rookie last season. Big, strong, fast and versatile at 6-4, 260 pounds, McKinney is adept at stopping the run and blitzing and has made strides in pass coverage. Although the former second-round draft pick from Mississippi State. wasn't named to the Pro Bowl, McKinney is definitely all-star caliber.
Texans still well-stocked at inside linebacker without Brian Cushing
Houston Chronicle | Feb 21