NFL docks Texans fifth-round pick over salary-cap violation

One team’s accounting error is one league’s salary-cap violation.The NFL docked the Houston Texans a fifth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and fined them $175,000 for providing former quarterback Deshaun Watson “with undisclosed compensation in the form of a membership at an alternative athletic facility in 2020.”The Texans’ defense was that it was an accounting error, that they paid for Watson to train at the facility while theirs was closed due to the COVID-19 shutdown.”The club absorbed $26,777 in costs for player benefits for the use of alternate athletic facilities, which it understands should have been charged instead to player salaries,” the Texans said in a statement.”The club has fully cooperated with the league in its investigation of these matters and maintains that it had no intention to circumvent any salary cap rules or gain any sort of competitive advantage. While we disagree with the league’s ruling, we will accept the imposed discipline and move forward.”