The Houston Texans lost depth in the defensive backfield over the offseason with Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson leaving in free agency.
The Houston Texans have generally been very deep at the cornerback position but have lost good corners over the years such as A.J. Bouye and Kareem Jackson more recently in free agency. So naturally, they’ve brought in Bradley Roby as a replacement.
Roby is 27 years old and in the prime of his career, and he also possesses the physical traits to cover Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton twice a season, which is a must in the Texans secondary. In addition, Roby has played alongside greats such as Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, who made up the “No Fly Zone.”
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The question at hand is this: Are we sure Roby is here to stay? Could he end up being a Band-Aid and leaving like many other corners the Texans have had over the years, like Tyrann Mathieu did following his one-year stint with the team last season?
For starters, Roby signed a one-year “prove it” deal in hopes of balling out and cashing in next year’s free agency, which is exactly the same situation Mathieu was in. In fact, Roby had multi-year offers that he rejected.
If Roby plays well this season, will the Texans pay the asking price or will they let him walk, a la Bouye? Will the price be more than the Texans are wanting to pay, a la Mathieu?
A lot of this can’t even be answered at this point in time as the Texans don’t even have a general manager, as the team is going without a full-time general manager for the 2019 season.
We can only hope it goes well, but Roby will have to prove to be more than a Band-Aid and someone here for the long haul. In fact, we don’t even know who wanted Roby here in the first place — whether it was Brian Gaine or Bill O’Brien. We’ll have to see how it all plays out.