Texans move on from tight end Ryan Griffin

 houstonchronicle.com  05/17/2019 21:53:40 

When veteran tight end Ryan Griffin was arrested for allegedly breaking a hotel window during the NFL draft, it was a precursor to the end of his six-year tenure with the Texans.

Griffin was arrested on April 27 in Nashville, Tenn., shortly after the Texans drafted promising San Diego State tight end Kahale Warring in the third round.

Weeks after Griffin was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of vandalism and public intoxication, he’s now out of a job.

The Texans officially terminated Griffin’s contract late Friday afternoon. It was an unsurprising transaction. The Texans removed Griffin from the roster because of his off-field incident along with a crowd at the tight end position that includes Warring, Jordan Thomas, Jordan Akins and Darren Fells.

Reached by The Chronicle late Friday afternoon shortly after he was released, Griffin had no immediate comment. The Texans had no comment on the decision to cut ties with Griffin.

The Texans' first organized team activity is next week.

Griffin, 29, is due back in court in Tennessee on May 31 for a settlement conference on both misdemeanor charges before Judge Melissa Blackburn, according to court docket records.

Griffin allegedly broke a window at the Hotel Indigo, according to law enforcement officials. Griffin's left hand and fingers were bleeding when he was encountered by police.

“He appeared intoxicated and unsteady on his feet,” police said in a news release. Griffin was issued a $1,750 bond.

Griffin underwent sports hernia surgery this offseason.

He had been expected to be limited in practice this spring, if he was still on the team.

Texans general manager Brian Gaine had little to say about Griffin during the draft.

“We’ve been in touch with Ryan,” Gaine said. “We’re aware of the situation. We commented on the matter, but as of right now, we’re not going to comment on it anymore.”

Griffin is a big, experienced tight end who joined the Texans in 2013 as a sixth-round draft pick out of Connecticut.

He caught 24 passes for 305 yards and no touchdowns last season. He has 136 career receptions for 1,491 yards and seven touchdowns.

Griffin was entering the final year of a three-year, $9 million contract that includes $3.225 million guaranteed. He was due a non-guaranteed $2.25 million base salary this fall.

aaron.wilson@chron.com

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