Mercilus restructured his contract with the Texans on Wednesday, converting 2022 and 2023 into voidable years, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Mercilus' base salary for 2021 is being restructured into a bonus to help free up some cap space for Houston, but the biggest change is that he's now set to become a free agent next offseason. After playing out the 2021 campaign -- which will mark his 10th season with the Texans -- the veteran edge rusher will have to either move on or negotiate a re-signing.
Mercilus was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mercilus missed the last two games of the regular season after landing on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list. The linebacker racked up 21 tackles (12 solo), five sacks and three forced fumbles this season.
Mercilus was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday following a positive test for the virus, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mercilus won't play in Sunday's game against the Bengals. Depending on when he tested positive for the virus, Mercilus may not play in next week's game against the Titans, either. Jonathan Greenard and Jacob Martin are candidates to take over as a starting outside linebacker, although both players should get plenty of tread until Mercilus returns.
Mercilus (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
The move means Mercilus either tested positive for the virus or is a high-risk close contact of an infected individual. Jonathan Greenard should have an increased defensive role while Mercilus is sidelined.
Mercilus will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Browns, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mercilus missed Week 9's win over the Jaguars while sitting on the reserve COVID-19 list. He did not contract the virus but was determined to be in close contact with Jacob Martin, who tested positive. Mercilus started the season slowly but has picked up in recent weeks. He has three sacks and four quarterback hits with one sack nullified by a penalty over his last four games played.
Mercilus (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 30-year-old was placed on the COVID-19 list last week as a close contact of the COVID-positive Jacob Martin, but he's now back on the active roster after clearing the league protocols. Mercilus has three sacks through seven games and should reclaim his starting role at outside linebacker for the Texans.
The Texans placed Mercilus on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mercilus was placed on the list due to coming into close contact with Jacob Martin, who tested positive for the virus Thursday. Mercilus will need to reside on the list for at least five days, meaning he won't be available for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. In his stead, Jonathan Greenard, Brennan Scarlett and Kyle Emanuel (concussion) would be in line to handle outside linebacker duties for the contest.
Mercilus had one tackle, a sack and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jaguars.
The fumble recovery was Mercilus' first of the season and led to the Texans' final points. He has just 13 tackles over five games, but Mercilus has three sacks the last two weeks.
Mercilus recorded four tackles (two solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Vikings.
Mercilus got off to a slow start this season with no sacks and no quarterback pressures through the first three games, but it appears he may have shaken off the rust Sunday, although Kirk Cousins has been sacked on 9.1 percent of his dropbacks -- the fifth-highest frequency in the league. We know this is in Mercilus' arsenal, though, as he's coming off a 7.5-sack season in 2019. He'll set his sights on Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars in Week 5, which should be another favorable matchup.
Mercilus had four tackles, one for a loss, in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Steelers.
Mercilus has been quiet to open the season. Sunday's tackle for a loss was his first of the season, and he's yet to register a quarterback hit. Mercilus signed a four-year contract extension during the offseason, so more is expected of him.
Mercilus had one tackle and one quarterback hit in Sunday's 51-31 playoff loss to the Chiefs.
Mercilus ended what is considered a successful season on a down note, as did the rest of the Houston defense which at one point allowed seven consecutive touchdown drives to Kansas City. He played a full 16-game schedule for the second straight season and proved himself a worthy successor to Jadeveon Clowney on the edge. Mercilus had 48 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. All that production earned him four additional years, so he'll patrol the edge and opponents' backfields in 2020.
Mercilus recorded four tackles, one sack, three quarterback hits and forced a fumble in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
Early in the fourth quarter, Mercilus dislodged the ball from quarterback Josh Allen, which was recovered by teammate Jacob Martin and set up Houston's second score in its comeback victory. It was the fifth forced fumble of the year for Mercilus, who has thrived in the role once held by Jadeveon Clowney.
Mercilus signed a four-year, $54 million contract extension with $24.5 million guaranteed with the Texans on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Texans have counted on Mercilus this season following the trade of Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle and J.J. Watt (pectoral) landing on IR. Mercilus has answered the call, recording 48 tackles, 7.5 sacks -- his highest total since 2016 -- and four forced fumbles. The 2012 first-round pick will avoid free agency in March, as he's locked down through the 2023 season.
Mercilus has been named a Pro Bowl alternate, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mercilus is having a nice season during his walk year, improving his value in the pending free-agent market. The 29-year-old edge player has 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles , one fumble recovery and two interceptions.
Mercilus recorded four tackles, a half-sack, one quarterback hit and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 30-23 loss to Indianapolis in Week 7.
Mercilus recorded his first sack since Week 4 and leads the Texans with 5.5 for the season. The fumble recovery was his first to go along with four forced fumbles.
Mercilus recorded two tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit and forced a fumble in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.
Mercilus recorded a sack for the fourth straight contest and leads the Texans in that category with five over the first four weeks. That's as many as he had over the last two seasons (21 games).
Mercilus had five tackles, two tackles for losses, a quarterback hit and a strip sack in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
For the second week in a row, a turnover caused by Mercilus led to Houston's game-winning score. His strip sack of quarterback Phil Rivers caused a fumble recovered by teammate Zach Cunningham and led to Houston's third touchdown. He leads the team with four sacks, has caused three fumbles and owns an interception through three weeks.
Mercilus was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mercilus recorded two sacks, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hits and two tackles during Houston's 13-12 win over Jacksonville. This marks the second time he's won the weekly award. Through two weeks, the edge rusher has three sacks and one interception.
Mercilus had two tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hits and two forced fumbles in Sunday's 13-12 win over the Jaguars in Week 2.
Mercilus' second forced fumble, recovered by J.J. Watt on Jacksonville's 11-yard line, led to Houston's lone touchdown. The performance was his first multi-sack game since 2016. No longer limited to dropping back in coverage, Mercilus is allowed to focus on getting to the quarterback in 2019, a return to the type of player he was from 2012 to 2016 when had a combined 37.5 sacks. Through two weeks in 2019, Mercilus has seven tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Mercilus made five tackles, a sack, a pass breakup and an interception in Monday's loss to the Saints.
Mercilus is being counted on to replace Jadeveon Clowney at outside linebacker, and he was outstanding. He strutted out his versatility, as he worked well in coverage and pass-rushing situations. This is an encouraging sign for the Texans, especially since it came against an accurate Drew Brees and a tough offensive line. Mercilus is a solid IDP pickup with a Week 2 matchup against rookie QB Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars on tap.
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|Sun 09/20||vs BAL||L 16-33||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ PIT||L 21-28||2||3||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs MIN||L 23-31||2||2||4||2||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/11||vs JAC||W 30-14||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||@ TEN||L 36-42||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||vs GB||L 20-35||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||@ CLE||L 7-10||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||vs NE||W 27-20||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 11/26||@ DET||W 41-25||1||0||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||vs IND||L 20-26||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||@ CHI||L 7-36||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||@ IND||L 20-27||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
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