Houston and the Honey (Badger)
On one hand, Houston has addressed their horrible offensive line woes so far in free agency, but also haven’t made any big “splash” signings. They didn’t get Richard Sherman, they couldn’t convince Malcolm Butler to come to the lone star state, but there is now a way to sweeten their secondary with some honey. As in the honey badger who is now a free agent.
As of now, the Texans pretty much have a secondary that is all 30+, and if you combine the young Kevin Johnson’s inconsistency and injury proneness, the future is bleak for that unit. Houston struggled the entire year in pass defense, notably losing big games such as in New England and Seattle because regardless of how much Watson put up, the opposing offense could get whatever they wanted downfield. Those issues aren’t fixed in practice, they are fixed with personnel changes.
Of course, we all know who Tyrann Mathieu is, how good he is, and the Texans should know as well since he intercepted Tom Savage last year. If we look at the facts, we’ll see a 25-year-old player who can literally play every position on the secondary at an above average level. Why is such a good player available in free agency? Money of course. Arizona wanted him to take a pay cut that he wasn’t willing to take. A scenario that Houston doesn’t have to deal with because they entered the week with $66 million in cap space.
The Texans already added Aaron Colvin to their cornerback’s room, who hasn’t allowed a touchdown pass in his four seasons in the NFL. Granted he’s not a big name like Jalen Ramsey and A.J Bouye from that Jaguars’ team but he does provide some consistency. If the Texans were able to pair him with Mathieu they’d be in a lot better shape than last season. In my opinion, bringing the honey badger to Houston should be the Texans biggest priority right now.