Can the Houston Texans afford to re-sign A.J. Bouye at $12 million a year?
ESPN NFL insider John Clayton believes that Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye will sign a contract this offseason that will pay him just under the $12.5 million a year that the New York Giants gave Janoris Jenkins in 2016.
"Bouye, a former undrafted free agent who worked his way into the starting lineup and had a monster 2016 season, is in line for a huge deal. He may not reach the $12.5 million level Janoris Jenkins got from the New York Giants last year, but he should come close."
Bouye is probably worth $10-12 million a year. The problem is he could get more than that if a bidding war were to take place. This isn’t exactly the strongest free agent market when it comes to cornerbacks.
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Not to mention that NFL teams can never have enough good corners in a pass first league.
Like I mentioned in my latest article on possible landing spots for Bouye, teams like the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers have enormous amounts of cap space that will allow them to overpay for players.
I could see a team throwing $13-14 million a year at Bouye, which is just under Josh Norman’s league-high $15 million a year.
Would Bouye be worth it? No. But he showed the league last year that he deserves to be paid. Hopefully he doesn’t change once he cashes his check.
What do you think? How much is A.J. Bouye worth? Let us know in the comments section below.