Houston Texans should let Bradley Roby test free agency market

Houston Texans cornerback Bradley Roby (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Texans cornerback Bradley Roby (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have a ton of offseason decisions to make and the first should be to allow Bradley Roby to test the free agency market. Why? Let’s look.

The Houston Texans are right at the thick of their offseason even though it’s Pro Bowl Weekend, meaning that there’s one week to go before the Super Bowl.  Unfortunately, the Houston Texans won’t be playing in it and based on their performance in the AFC Divisional Game a couple of weeks back, it makes perfect sense as to why.

But there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in order to prep this team for the 2020 season and that’s going to be addressing the needs of the free agents that are on this team.  There are quite a few but there are some that will stand out and the Houston Texans will have some tough decisions to make.

Of course, they won’t be able to bring everybody back — and I don’t think they’d want to — especially with Anthony Weaver taking over the reins for Romeo Crennel as the defensive coordinator.  It remains to be seen what will Romeo do now that he’s out as coordinator but at least the Houston Texans have offered him an opportunity as a special assistant to the coach.

I’m positive his daily input will be used but it’s quite clear that the Houston Texans don’t want him calling the shots on defense with each week that passes during the season moving forward.

One of the most important decisions that the Houston Texans will have to make is what to do with cornerback Bradley Roby, 27, who signed with the team on a one-year, $10 million prove-it type deal this past offseason.

Roby missed six games this season with a hamstring injury so his availability wasn’t what the team was expecting.  With each that passed in his absence, we were hoping he’d be ready to play but we just keep getting the empty promises of him not being ready yet but will be soon.

As soon as he returned, he was a solid contributor to the team and although his play wasn’t perfect, it’s warranted enough for him to be offered a contract by Houston Texans this offseason.

However, I don’t think Roby is the type of guy that you’d want to get into a bidding war for but it

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could be because, for all intent and purposes, he’s one of the top free-agent cornerbacks in this class this season.

Quarterbacks were still concerned about throwing his way and if he’s still garnering that type of reputation, then he is still demonstrating his effectiveness.

Roby will likely want to earn more money as he’s in the prime years of his career and the Houston Texans may not have the resources to do it, especially if they’re trying to get a contract extension done for Deshaun Watson.

Before they come to the table for Roby, I think they should do their due diligence on other options because I don’t think he’s going to be a cheap sign and that’s quite understandable considering his value.

We’ll have to see what happens but I wouldn’t mind having him back at the right price.

Let’s hope for the best…

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Roby accumulated 38 combined tackles — 35 solos — along with two interceptions — including the one that was returned for an interception on Jameis Winston Week 16 — as well as 1.0 sack, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble, two tackles-for-loss and one quarterback hit.