The Houston Texans will be opening their offseason conditioning program this week without CB Dunta Robinson and LB DeMeco Ryans. The Houston Chronicle reported both are unhappy with their contract situations.
- “Obviously, I wish both players were going to be (at camp), but I understand their situations,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “We need them to win, and at some point, we’ll have them back. And I expect both of them to play to the Pro Bowl level they’re capable of. …
- “We’ve been down this route when Dunta was injured last year,” Kubiak said. “It creates opportunity for young guys. They get a lot more reps in the offseason. Hopefully that’ll make us better down the road.”
Robinson said he felt “betrayed” when the Texans placed the franchise tag on him.
Houston GM Rick Smith addressed the issue at the NFL combine, telling NFL.com, “It’s just part of the deal. He’s upset about it, I understand that. But it’s a decision that we felt was best for our organization and our club, because he’s very, very important to our football team, to our defense.”
Ryans, who has started 48 career games and led the Texans in tackles in each of his three seasons with the team, is due to make $1.39 million this year.