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Texans' salary cap allocation: Inside linebackers

1/19/2015

The Houston Texans used some variety at inside linebacker, both due to injuries and personnel decisions. Here's a look at how the Texans allocated cap space to their inside linebackers during the 2014 season.

Texans' Adjusted Cap Value: $133,467,230

Cap Value: $110,222,071

Dead Money / Other: $21,865,072

Cap Space: $1,380,087

Inside linebackers: $8,243,545 vs cap, 18.19 percent of defensive cap, 7.48 percent of overall cap

Brian Cushing: $5,662,300 versus cap, 12.5 percent of defensive cap, 5.14 percent of overall cap

Akeem Dent: $725,000 versus cap, 1.6 percent of defensive cap, .66 percent of overall cap

Jeff Tarpinian: $645,000 versus cap, 1.42 percent of defensive cap, .59 percent of overall cap

Mike Mohamed: $570,000 versus cap, 1.26 percent of defensive cap, .52 percent of overall cap

Justin Tuggle: $495,833 versus cap, 1.09 percent of defensive cap, .45 percent of overall cap

Max Bullough: $145,412 versus cap, .32 percent of defensive cap, .13 percent of overall cap

We've done comparisons by percentage of what the Texans spend to what other teams around the league spend. Our system, from ESPN Stats and Info, though, calculates outside and inside linebackers together, but because of the disparity of schemes used in the NFL, it's hard to draw conclusions based on those numbers here. Typically 3-4 defenses see outside linebackers, typically where the best pass-rusher plays, making a lot more than inside linebackers. The Texans felt Cushing was worth it.