The Houston Texans re-signed safety Quintin Demps to keep an experienced player at the position.
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Demps is a nine-year NFL veteran, and he had some big plays late last season to help the Texans wrap up the AFC South title in 2015. A scoop and score fumble against Tennessee in Week 16 gave Houston momentum in a 34-6 win.
Demps played in 14 games last year (started in 13 of them) and was also third on the team in tackles with 61, with 35 of them solo. He was also pretty good on pass defense, breaking up six passes and forcing a fumble. Alongside Andre Hal at the two safety positions, Demps was part of a defense that ranked third in the NFL. Although give some credit to that J.J. Watt fella, too.
Now while Demps had a great year last season, he is getting up in age. He’s 30 years old and while he had a great 2015 season, he doesn’t have a whole lot of years left in him.
As my colleague Josh McSwain stated, the Texans do have some good players at safety, but not with a lot of experience. Eddie Pleasant is young but hasn’t garnered a starting gig yet, and Charles James is a popular player with the fans, but still is raw at the position.
A one-year deal keeps the position solid for at least one more year where Houston could use a higher pick to get a new safety, or most likely, they could pick up a diamond-in-the-rough pick on the third day of the 2016 draft.
While the Texans lost defensive end Jared Crick to Denver, Houston still has done a great job in keeping the bulk of its free agents in the fold. Ten of them have signed, and Demps makes it 11. So you have to give Rick Smith some credit, he is keeping the core of the team together and adding critical key parts to make this team a legit contender in 2016.