Kevin Walter Takes Pay Cut
Patrick D. Starr
According to multiple sources, Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter took a pay cut to remain with the Texans for the 2012 season. Walter was set to make $3.5 million in base salary with a $4.5 million salary cap number, but has agreed to reduce his salary to $2 million for the upcoming season with his remaining two years of his contract staying the same for the 2013-2014 seasons.
Walter has been with the Texans since 2006 and has been the teams starting wide receiver opposite Andre Johnson, and has started 77 of the 93 games he has appeared in. Walter's production has declined since coming to Houston in 2006 with 2008 being his best statistical season when he caught 60 passes for 899 yards and 8 touchdowns. His production the past few seasons has been lackluster at best, and has failed to be anything more than a possession wide receiver for the Texans. Walter is a Gary Kubiak type with receiver, with the fact he catches well, blocks downfield and knows the offense. In 2011 he posted 39 receptions for 474 yards and 3 touchdowns, which were down especially with the fact that Andre Johnson missed 9 games for the Texans.
It is apparent the Texans need to get more playmakers lining up wide for the passing game, but Walter can still be a viable piece in the Texans offense if the team happens to draft a wide receiver in the draft.