Texans cut veteran cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III

The Texans have cut veteran cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the group said Friday.

Hargreaves signed with the Texans in November after he was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he was benched during a game. After that game, Buccaneers’ mentor Bruce Arians said Hargreaves “didn’t look like he was hustling to go in for a tackle.”

Hargreaves could have remained in Houston under his fifth-year alternative worth $9.6 million, yet there was no dead cash on the agreement because the option is ensured for injury just before the beginning of the new league year in March.

In his end-of-season news conference, Texans mentor Bill O’Brien said he thought Hargreaves “made the best of” his chance to join Houston during the season.

“I don’t think that’s easy to be able to come in, in the middle of a season, and later than that, and play that nickel position is not easy,” O’Brien said. “So, I give a lot of credit to Vernon. There’s a lot of things that he’s going to work hard to improve upon. We’re going to help them with that, but I think Vernon stepped into a tough situation and made the best of it.”

Hargreaves, 24, was drafted by Tampa Bay with the No. 11 overall pick in 2016. In 41 career games, the Florida product has two interceptions, two constrained fumbles, a fumble recuperation, and 186 tackles.

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