By Chris Abshire

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) — When the Texans cut quarterback Brian Hoyer last week on the heels of signing Brock Osweiler, it raised some questions.

Was there no value for a guy who had gone 12-10 as a starter during the past two seasons? Was the Texans’ asking price too high?

General manager Rick Smith addressed the issue during his pre-draft press conference on Friday, saying the team wanted to give Hoyer a fair shake.

“I think I probably could have gotten a pick, honestly. But in fairness to him, we just thought – this was an organizational decision. Everything we do and when we do it, we have multiple conversations about it,” Smith said.

“While there may have been some value there for us organizationally, we just felt like it was the right time to do it, not just for him but for us as well. It was just the right time, we felt, and so we made the move.”

Smith did get a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft from the Jets for Ryan Fitzpatrick last offseason, while they acquired Ryan Mallett from the Patriots for a conditional seventh-round selection prior to the 2014 season.

The Texans brought in Hoyer on a two-year, $10.5 million deal in 2015, and he went 5-3 as a starter but was benched three quarters into the season before regaining the job in October.

Still, he suffered two concussions that held him out of three games, and he delivered a dismal playoff performance against Kansas City, tossing four interceptions and fumbling once in a 30-0 loss.


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