The Houston Texans have informed offensive tackle Derek Newton that he will be released, Mike Jones of USA TODAY Sports reports.
Newton, who has not played since Week 7 of the 2016 season, failed a physical on March 23.
On Oct. 24, 2016, Newton tore the patella tendons in both legs and spent all of last season on injured reserve while his continued his rehabilitation.
Newton was owed a roster bonus of $500,000 for being on the roster on April 1, but was told Houston will not be paying that.
Although Newton failed the physical in March, he got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who cleared him to take part in the team’s organized team activities that begin next week.
Newton plans to file a grievance against the team, both because he believes he is healthy enough to compete for a roster spot and because he feels he’s earned the bonus.
Newton was a seventh-round pick of the Texans in 2011. He signed to a five-year, $26.5 million contract in 2015, after working his way into the starting lineup.
The Texans signed tackle Seantrel Henderson in free agency and he is expected to get the chance to start at right tackle. Houston did not add a left tackle after starting five different players at the position in 2017, but O’Brien said at the NFL owners meetings that second-year linemen Julien Davenport will be given the chance to win that job.