Houston Texans: Greatest all-time players in franchise history

Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /
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Kareem Jackson #25 of the Houston Texans – (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

13. Kareem Jackson, Cornerback/Safety

Kareem Jackson entrenched as the top corner for the Texans and earned a four-year, $34 million deal ahead of the 2015 season. However, The 20th overall pick in 2010 out of Alabama had his share of ups and downs after that. He never really found the consistency he had early in his career.

Ahead of the 2018 season, Jackson was moved to safety in an effort to help him rediscover his magic. That worked out well for him and he parlayed that into a three-year $33 million deal with the Denver Broncos. In all, he had 559 tackles, 16 interceptions, and three defensive touchdowns in his nine seasons with Houston.

12. Johnathan Joseph, Cornerback

A former Cincinnati Bengal, Johnathan Joseph, was lured to Houston in 2011 and spent the next nine seasons with them. In that span, Joseph made two Pro Bowls while starting 128 of 133 games played.

He and the team agreed to part ways ahead of the 2020 season which ended an impressive and long-tenured partnership.

11.  Connor Barwin, Linebacker

Connor Barwin was a very good outside linebacker and the Texans missed his pass rush after he signed with Philadelphia in 2013.

His best season as a Texan came in 2011 when he racked up 11.5 sacks, but he has been inconsistent as that season was sandwiched between a rookie year that saw 4.5 sacks and his final season in Houston in which he brought down passers only three times.

Barwin went on to make the Pro Bowl with Philly in 2014 and played in the NFL until 2018 after spending one season with the Rams and one with the Giants.