The Houston Texans have made their first move in addressing their secondary, signing cornerback Aaron Colvin. ESPN’s Adam Schefter Tweeted the news Tuesday.
Colvin has spent the past four seasons in Jacksonville. While his stats do not pop off the page (Colvin has zero career interceptions), he is still a productive slot cornerback. Pro Football Focus grades Colvin as above average and ranks him as the 47th best cornerback.
In a way Houston is getting revenge on their division rival. Jacksonville signed A.J. Bouye last year, now Houston is signing Colvin. Any time a team can steal a player from a team in their division it is a win.
It must be mentioned that Colvin is a slot cornerback. Colvin is in no way a replacement on the outside. However he is an excellent upgrade for the secondary that desperately needs it. If Johnathan Joseph does not return another replacement will be needed. But for now this is a great start to rebuild the back end of the defense.
With Houston missing out on Trumaine Johnson and Malcolm Butler it was very important to sign a cornerback. Colvin is not the premier name that Johnson and Butler are but he is very valuable to a team’s defense. Houston suffered this season after several losses in the secondary. As mentioned above Bouye went to Jacksonville and Quintin Demps went to Chicago. These losses took one of the league’s better pass defenses and left it a shell of it’s former self.
Colvin is only one piece to the puzzle, the Texans still need to sign more players. In addition to Colvin Houston needs to potentially find a replacement for Joseph and make decisions about their safeties. Houston needs to work on their secondary and finding complimentary players in free agency and the draft.