Houston Texans: 5 Highest paid players for 2021 season

Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Bradley Roby, Houston Texans
Houston Texans cornerback Bradley Roby (21) Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans are currently have the 10th-most salary cap space in the NFL after they have made 10 roster moves already this offseason where it came to releasing or waiving players to make room for said cap space.

The Texans have some very large contracts (base salary) for the 2021 season they must pay if players are kept on the roster. Some of the higher paid players on the roster many probably already can figure out, but some might not believe where they rank — and who ranks ahead of them — in the Top 5 by how much they are being paid for the upcoming 2021 NFL season.

Currently, the Top 5 highest paid players on the roster of the Houston Texans consist of three offensive players and two players from the defense. The Texans are also 10th in the NFL in salary cap space for the 2021 season at $33.16 million.

Honorable mentions who just missed making the Top 5 highest paid players in base salary for the Houston Texans in 2021 are: inside linebacker Zach Cunningham: ($8.5 million), wide receiver Randall Cobb ($8.24 million), inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney ($7 million) and strong safety Eric Murray ($5 million).

Next are the Top 5 highest paid players for the 2021 Houston Texans:

5. Bradley Roby (cornerback): $8.94 million

Being one of the top players needed for the defense in 2021, cornerback Bradley Roby didn’t have the best ending to his 2020 season because he was suspended for the final six games of the season due to a PED violation.

In 10 games this past season, Roby totaled 37 combined tackles with one interception. Roby also had seven passes defensed, one fumble recovery, four assisted tackles and two tackles for loss. Roby was targeted by the opposing offense 37 times in 2020, where he allowed 20 receptions. His PFF grade for the ’20 season was 71.6 overall (out of 100).

Roby is entering his eighth season in the NFL in 2021, his third with the Houston Texans. In two seasons with the Texans, Roby had totaled 20 starts (20 games played), three interceptions, one touchdown, 15 passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one sack, 68 solo tackles, four TFL and even one QB hit.

The Texans will much need Roby to stay on the field for the entire 2021 season if they have any thoughts of improvement on the defensive side of the ball in 2021.