AJ Bouye tells the Texans he is signing elsewhere


Prior to the 2016 season, the Texans tried to lock up Bouye on an extension when he was a restricted free agent a year ago but Bouye's camp rebuffed the offer.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are "closing in" on a deal to land free agent defensive back A.J. Bouye, formerly of the Houston Texans, reports NFL Network. They need to keep building depth all along the defense, including cornerback, but there is no reason to spend a huge chunk of change in free agency this year. He had one interception and 16 defended passes in 2016, and has recorded six interceptions and 32 defended passes in his four year career. More than that, Pro Football Focus graded him out as the league's third-best cover corner.

The Texans would like to retain their young cornerback. Houston will instead turn to a draft class stacked with elite coverage prospects to fill the void left by this high-profile departure. Bouye would work things out, go ahead and throw it away.

Adding Church into that equation only makes this team more exciting.

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This is a risky contract for the Jaguars - there's some reasonable concern that Bouye is a one-season wonder.

That being said, I do think the 49ers invest in the position.

Chicago isn't completely out of the mix just yet, but Ryan Pace will have to get aggressive in an effort to outbid the Jaguars.