Houston Texans will be forced to retain Vernon Hargreaves for 2020

Houston Texans cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Houston Texans cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans will be forced to retain Vernon Hargreaves for the 2020 season. Why is that case? Let’s talk about why that’s not a bad thing.

Houston Texans fans, we’re in the offseason!  Aren’t you excited?!? No?  Well, I think you should be.  Even though we’re all smarting from that terrible loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Game a couple of weeks back, I still think the future of this franchise remains quite bright.

Now the jury is out on if Bill O’Brien is the guy to lead the Houston Texans further than the divisional round but the pieces this team has put together over time are all part of a winning combination that will be integral in this team being successful.

Most importantly, the Houston Texans got the quarterback right when they traded up to snag Deshaun Watson back in 2017.  They’ve already paid the piper for his presence and the benefits are continuing to pay off with each shake, bake and spin move that guy shows us with each game that passes.

We’re truly blessed to have him and core stars like DeAndre Hopkins, J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Laremy Tunsil, Tytus Howard will all help lead the charge of helping this team continue to win football games.

But the Houston Texans have yet another important decision to make — amid the possible contract extension of Watson — and that’s on if they’ll retain the services of one Vernon Hargreaves.

Hargreaves, the youthful, talented and budding cornerback was claimed off waivers earlier this season from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The former 2016 first-round draft pick did some positive things for the Houston Texans in his short tenure with the Houston Texans and I think they should keep him around.

Let me rephrase that…

I think the Houston Texans will be FORCED to retain Hargreaves because his 5th-year option was already picked up by the Bucs and it will be worth $9.95 million in 2020.

That’s a lot of cash to cough up and the Houston Texans knew that it would come to this within the offseason.  Since that money is guaranteed, it would be best that they retain him in the hopes that he will develop even more.

At 24-years-old, Hargreaves is still a kid and there’s plenty of potential for him to get even better than he already is.  I think he’s worth keeping around because I’m afraid another team will be able to develop him to his full potential if they let him go.

And besides, with Anthony Weaver taking over for Romeo Crennel, he should have big plans for

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Hargreaves in his defensive schemes.  With Johnathan Joseph almost but certain not to return with the Houston Texans — at least as a player — next season, this group has to get younger and more talented.

Hargreaves is certainly that guy and I think he’s only going to get better.  Even in his small sample size with the Houston Texans, Hargreaves had 266 snaps — 25 percent of total team snaps — through six games and two starts.

So I’d consider that $10M or so as an investment rather than a liability and I truly do think it will pay off.  It remains to be seen if he will receive a contract extension from the Houston Texans in 2021, depends on how he’d perform next season but I think one could be incoming for him.

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We’ll have to keep an eye out — but fully endorse Hargreaves returning back to the Houston Texans this season.

Hargreaves accumulated 21 tackles — 16 solos — along with two passes defensed and one tackle-for-loss with the Texans in 2019.