The Houston Texans allowed the deadline pass and have opted not to franchise tag cornerback A.J. Bouye, making the window smaller to sign him to a new contract. Bouye’s tag would have cost the Texans close to $14.3 million for one season and would have made him the third highest paid player in terms of cap hit for the 2017 season behind only Brock Osweiler and J.J. Watt.
Bouye is entering the legal tampering period, which starts on March 7th, as the Texans top unrestricted free agent and he will be one of the top players on the open market if he gets there on March 9th, when the league year opens.
The Texans will continue to try and lock up Bouye for the long term heading into the new league year. Reports continue to mention that Bouye’s price tag will be north of the $12 million per year mark in his next potential deal.
Seven players in all were tagged by their respective teams, Chandler Jones (Arizona), Kawaan Short (Carolina), Melvin Ingram (San Diego), Trumine Johnson (Los Angeles), Jason Pierre-Paul (New York), Le'Veon Bell (Pittsburgh) and Kirk Cousins (Washington).
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