Houston Texans: Three thoughts on team’s underwhelming free agency moves

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Thought #2: The best/worst of the moves made so far

Here’s the deal — Let’s say that they gave both of these guys the contracts the other teams had offered. With about $70 million in cap space, these two guys take away about $25 million of it for the next few seasons.

This is all amid the team already being mired with the bottom half of the league in pass defense. They would’ve still had weaknesses to address at cornerback and there’s risk that Jackson’s notable year of production could’ve been a fluke.  It might not happen again.  Mathieu is a loss they did not need and it’s tough pill to swallow.  Nonetheless, I started to think that this secondary is going to be next to horse crap as the upcoming season approaches.

I was debating in my head for a while but I started to think about the signings of Tashaun Gipson and Bradley Roby.  Gipson signed on the dotted line for three-years, $22 million — $7.3 million per season — and Roby for one season at $10 million. That’s a total of $17.3 million tied up between them in 2019.

These guys are suitable replacements but their talents are slightly inferior when compared to Mathieu and Jackson. That being said, we don’t know what to expect from these two guys next year.

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They’ll be paired up with Justin Reid, Aaron Colvin and Johnathan Joseph of which the latter may not have much left in the tank but definitely has a lot to teach, for a savings of $8 million.  This is in comparison to if the Houston Texans actually signed both Mathieu and Jackson.

Hell yeah.

Roby signed for a similar reason Mathieu signed with the Houston Texans last off season.  This will be another “prove it” type deal in hopes of sparring a huge payday in the not-so-distant future.  It may be with the Houston Texans, it might be somewhere else.  I just hope that if he proves it, that they don’t lose him. Now Gipson looks like he will be in H-Town for a while.