The Houston Texans have lost cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Jacksonville Jaguars and will not see him twice a year moving within the AFC South. Jacksonville is signing Bouye to a five-year, $67.5 million deal. The contract is set to pay Bouye $44 million over the first three years and an average of $13.5 million over the 5 years of the deal with a $10 million signing bonus.
The first three years of the deal will top out at $14.6 million a year which is higher than the the franchise tag of $14.2 million the Texans could have placed on him. The Texans revised their offer twice before letting up at the $12 million mark and the Jaguars taking over landing the rising cornerback. Prior to the 2016 season, the Texans tried to lock up Bouye on an extension when he was a restricted free agent last year but Bouye's camp rebuffed the offer.
Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay were all in the mix for Bouye's services along with Houston.
The Texans signed Bouye as a rookie free agent from UCF in 2013 and watch him morph into one of the top free agent in the 2017 class. Bouye played plenty of snaps over the past three seasons appearing in 44 games over that stretch. Bouye in 2016 racked up 63 total tackles with 16 pass deflections and an interception and with some of his best play coming in the playoffs.
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