Texans ask Manning to take pay cut


The Houston Texans have asked Danieal Manning to take a pay cut, according to a source. But while he decides what to do, the team is hosting another safety -- Chris Clemons, who was drafted by Miami when Texans director of pro personnel Brian Gaine was with the Dolphins.

Manning, who turns 32 in August, was scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2014 with a cap figure of $6 million. He definitely won't be making that next season with the Texans. The question now is whether he'll take the pay cut that's been offered to stay in Houston.

Clemons is a bit younger than Manning; he turns 29 in September. He played last season on a one-year deal with Miami.

This fits with a pattern of fiscal responsibility for the Texans this offseason. It's not that the Texans are in a dire cap situation -- they have about $9.5 million in cap space right now. But they want to make sure they have the ability to take advantage of future opportunities.