The Houston Texans have re-signed cornerback Phillip Gaines to help boost their secondary but this pact is questionable at best. Why is that the case? Look.
The Houston Texans just have a little over a month to go to prepare for the draft and they’re doing their homework to bring in the best collegiate talent possible to help this team be successful. Apparently, unless Randall Cobb is going to be playing on the outside as a No. 1 receiver, they’ll have to look to the draft to bring a highly-experienced rookie into the fold.
The Houston Texans don’t have a first-round pick as a result of the Laremy Tunsil trade that also brought Kenny Stills into the fold, so they’ll either have to trade up or try to find a talented receiver in the second round.
If anything, it’d shock me if Bill O’Brien were to do that because he likely wants to prove he can find talent in the later rounds. But this is the first draft where he officially has complete control of personnel so we’ll definitely have to see which way he goes with that.
But while that’s going on, the team has decided to bring back cornerback Phillip Gaines on a one-year, $1.05 million deal with the team.
Gaines was acquired just shortly before the start of last season and didn’t get a chance to partake in training camp with the team. He was cut from the Cleveland Browns, giving him the opportunity to sign with the Texans.
He has bounced around the league with stops with the Buffalo Bills as well as the Kansas City Chiefs, where he started his career, drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He has done so because he’s been injury-prone over the years so obviously he has proven
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something to the Texans that he could be relatively healthy this season.
Gaines was placed on injured reserve after sustaining an ankle injury that required surgery, shutting him down for the remainder of the season.
It may have been his injury but he never really got on the same page with the other corners this past season. He was missing his assignments and would get beat by the faster, more talented receivers. But the injury he had may have affected his lateral movement so with him returning to the gridiron fully healthy, that will help him in the long-run.
I have mixed feelings about this signing but it’s relatively low-risk, possibly high reward now that the former Rice/Converse Judson star is back in the fold.
All we can do is hope for the best…
Gaines, 28, accumulated 28 tackles — 12 solos — with one tackle-for-loss and two passes defensed through six games — two starts — last season.