Safety Danieal Manning released by Texans

Safety Danieal Manning released by Texans
March 31, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Danieal Manning has been released by the Houston Texans, league sources have confirmed to CSN Houston.

Manning, 31, was set to make $4.5 million in base salary in 2014 with a $6 million cap hit. By cutting Manning, the Texans will save $4.5 million in cap room; they have just under $13 million after the cut. Manning met with general manager Rick Smith at noon on Monday.

"Two grown men agreeing to disagree," Manning said on the phone Monday afternoon. "It was nothing bad. I think the world of that organization."

Manning spent three seasons in Houston, from 2011 to 2013, after five years with the Bears. Manning started six games in 2013 before landing on the IR with a broken leg. He was cut with a failed physical designation.

Manning grew up in Corsicana, Texas and said the opportunity to play in Texas again is something he won't soon forget. He plans on keeping his family and home in Houston and hopes to live in Houston after he eventually retires.

"It was just so surreal," Manning said of playing in Houston. "To get back to Texas and play in front of my family. Just being home and bringing my family back home and just to play in your back yard was special. I have been embraced. I have love and respect for this city, the team and fans. I think my three-year stint here has been everything I hoped it would be."

ESPN first reported that the Texans cut Manning on Monday.

The Texans previously asked Manning to take a pay cut. Then, they signed free agent safety Chris Clemons to a two-year deal on Friday.

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