It appears as if the Texans have asked Danieal Manning to take a pay cut. Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com was the first to report the news.
Have to apologize for a mistake. Manning has not yet agreed to the pay cut, but the #Texans are working on it. Misunderstood my source.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 28, 2014
Ganguli originally reported that the Texans and Danieal Manning have agreed to a restructured contract but now she says they are still working on it.
Manning, 31, is on the last year of his 4-year, $29 million contract he signed in the summer of 2011. Manning is scheduled to make $4.5 million this season.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tweets that the Texans have Chris Clemons in town for a visit.
Free agent safety Chris Clemons is visiting Texans today. He played at Miami.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 28, 2014
The visit makes sense following the Manning news.
Clemons, 28, has played five seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. Clemons was drafted by Brian Gaine, who is the new Texans pro personnel director. The Texans just recently signed Kendrick Lewis from the Chiefs, and already have Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger, Shiloh Keo, and the aforementioned Manning at the safety position.
When Manning is healthy he has been a big part of the Texans defense in the past. The Texans have also used Manning on the return team from time-to-time where he usually excels. Clemons is a few years younger than Manning and would likely be a slight upgrade for the Texans.
Clemons signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins last season for just under $3 million. If he were to sign in Houston, the Texans could likely lock him up at a bit more than $3 million per year.
Click here for a great write-up on Chris Clemons.