'What was he thinking': Brutal mistake costs NFL player $16 million

The Houston Texans have reportedly released cornerback Aaron Colvin, 24 hours after his struggles in the team's season-opening loss to New Orleans.

Colvin was in the second year of a four-year, $34 million contract that had $18 million guaranteed.

Colvin gave up two touchdowns in the second half of Monday night's 30-28 loss.

Aaron Colvin was criticised for this coverage. Image: ESPN

The first came on a 9-yard score by Taysom Hill in the third quarter.

He then got beat on a 14-yard TD reception by Tre'Quan Smith later in the period.

Colvin was also on the coverage when Ted Ginn grabbed a 9-yard reception that set up the game-winning field goal.

Aaron Colvin (L) had a rough night. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The Texans drew widespread criticism for the final play before Lutz’s field goal that saw their secondary line up in soft coverage.

It allowed Ginn to run free underneath the coverage to gain the nine yards needed to set up the field goal.

Ginn was lined up in the slot to the right of the formation in the image above.

Colvin is the man in coverage lined up at the 41-yard line across from Ginn.

It’s unclear if Colvin was instructed to line up that deep or made a mistake on the play.

Colvin had a tough game all night

Regardless, according to NFL research, he had a rough night overall and was responsible for allowing 117 yards and a touchdown through the air.

The 27-year-old Colvin spent his first four years in Jacksonville before joining the Texans before last season.

He appeared in 10 games with two starts for Houston last season and finished with 29 tackles and two fumble recoveries.

He was due $7.5 million in salary this season — the second year of his contract — which NFL Network reports was included in the guaranteed money.

with Associated Press and Yahoo SpoShould ts