HOUSTON (Feb. 28, 2006) -- The Houston Texans released safety Marcus Coleman, quarterback Tony Banks and running back Tony Hollings.
Coleman, a perennial starter who had been with the team since its inception, was benched late last season after missing a walk-through practice and rarely played after that.
The Texans have several young safeties and were looking to unload the 31-year-old Coleman's contract, which called for $1.785 million in 2006 and $2.1 million in 2007.
Coleman has 25 career interceptions with 429 tackles.
Another 10-year veteran, Banks appeared in just three games while backing up David Carr last season, throwing for 173 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown.
The move leaves the Texans with Carr and seldom-used Dave Ragone as the only quarterbacks on the roster.
Hollings is a three-year veteran who played in just two games last season with no carries. He has 149 career yards.
Releasing a running back and a quarterback doesn't exactly shed light on the Texans' plans for the No. 1 pick in April's draft.
The Texans could choose Texas quarterback Vince Young, USC running back and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush or they could trade the pick.