Texans will either re-sign A.J. Bouye or let him walk.
The Houston Texans will not be using the franchise tag this offseason, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
"Although the Texans ideally would like to retain free agent cornerback A.J. Bouye and hammer out a contract extension, a relatively tight salary-cap situation is expected to preclude them from designating him as their franchise player.The Texans have roughly $25 million in projected salary-cap space and it would cost just over $14 million to retain Bouye under a one-year franchise tender, all of which would count against the salary cap for the 2017 fiscal year."
Today was the first day in which NFL teams can use the franchise or transition tags. The deadline to tag a player is March 1st, with free agency kicking off on March 9th.
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With the Texans not expected to tag anyone, this means star cornerback A.J. Bouye will either re-sign with Houston on a long-term deal or sign with another team as a free agent.
We found out on Wednesday that some NFL general managers are a little worried about giving Bouye a big-time contract just after one great season that followed three years in which he was an average player.
Whereever Bouye signs, I believe at least one NFL team will end up paying him around $12 million a year. Which is of course not something the Texans can afford to match.
I ultimately believe Bouye is done playing for the Houston Texans.