The Houston Texans were in talks for All-Pro cornerback Chris Harris before acquiring Gareon Conley.
The Houston Texans swung a deal with the Oakland Raiders to acquire cornerback Gareon Conley to bolster their depth in the secondary. The Texans needed defenders at the cornerback position with injuries to Bradley Roby, Johnathan Joseph, Keion Crossen, and Phillip Gaines.
Houston parted with the 2020 third-round draft selection they acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Jadeveon Clowney. However, Texans were in conversations with other teams looking for cornerbacks, and one of the teams turned out to be the Denver Broncos as they inquired about Chris Harris.
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NFL insider Benjamin Albright reported the Texans asked of Harris’ availability but decided not to cave-in to the high demand the Broncos were asking to trade away one of their best cornerbacks in franchise history.
With the current state of the Broncos, it made sense for the Texans to explore a trade for the Pro Bowl cornerback. Harris is on the last year of his deal and is an attractive option for multiple NFL teams contenders as they could decide to extend him or let him walk for a potential compensatory pick in free agency.
The Texans made an intriguing trade for Conley as he is under contract for two more seasons if Houston decides to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie scale contract.
Although it is yet to be determined if they overpaid for a cornerback who has yet to find his footing in the league, he is a better option than any other cornerback currently in free agency.
It’s likely the Texans will put Conley against his former team as they look to get back on track in Week 8 after losing against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7.