The Houston Texans signed safety Rahim Moore to a three-year deal worth $12 million with $3 million guaranteed during the 2015 off-season. The goal was to help bring stability to the safety position. The Texans have been in flux since striking out while trying to rejuvenate Ed Reed’s career in Houston and, once again, it appears they missed in free agency with Moore.
Moore had a season that he would like to soon forget with 7 games started, 16 total tackles, and one interception. The final 9 games of the season, he was inactive. The signing was one of the bigger disappointments for the Texans this season given all the excitement surrounding his acquisition.
“It was obviously a disappointing season for him,” said Texans general manager Rick Smith on Moore. “We weren’t executing on defense the way that we wanted to. We made some changes, one of which was at the safety position and we started to play a lot better. A lot of that, his inactiveness, was a result of the fact that we were playing well and the guys that had opportunities made the most of those opportunities.”
Players like Eddie Pleasant and Andre Hal took over their chances when given the opportunity to play over Moore. Their play saw no reason for the defense to turn back to Moore, who ultimately practiced with the team for the remainder of the season.
The Texans are currently in evolution mode of what they need to do with the current roster and Moore’s future is part of that decision making process.
“He has obviously been a part of those conversations and he’s just got to make the most of his opportunities when they come.” Smith said of Moore.
Smith finished on Moore’s future with the team. “Disappointing for him, I am sure, but we will figure it out.”