Jacques Reeves signing
Wishing this move to be an April Fools joke may come in some bad taste since injuries played a huge role in this falling apart. But, there are also a lot of other mitigating factors. Reeves had a good career as a former seventh rounder but he only had one season of starting experience and that year only yielded decent results.
Anyways, the Houston Texans gave him a five year, $20 million contract to come in and be a starting corner for them. Year one was pretty good, he had five takeaways (four interceptions) and a touchdown while starting in 13 games. Then the injuries and inconsistencies rolled around he was cut after year two and went out of the league for good minus a random two game stint three years later with the Chiefs.
Trading up to draft Brandon Harris
In 2011, the Houston Texans were coming off of a 6-10 in which they had a pretty decent offense but the defense struggled, particularly in the secondary. So, they went out and made their biggest and best free agent signing in team history by bringing in Johnathan Joseph to be a lockdown, number one corner.
But, that likely wasn’t enough because of how porous this unit was and the only returning guys that seemed to be worth their chops were Kareem Jackson and Glover Quin and Quin was moving to safety. So, they decided to address this in the draft by trading up to the 60th pick overall by giving the Patriots a third and fifth round pick to draft Brandon Harris.
Harris’ moniker coming out of Miami was “No Fly Zone” and what he brought from the field couldn’t have been further from that. He struggled every time he stepped onto the field and never started a game as a Texan and they wound up cutting their losses after three seasons. Trading up to draft a guy that would never start a game sounds like a good April Fools joke but, alas, this one was not.