Texans the only team yet to add veterans to the roster through free agency
After addressing their top needs of quarterback and offensive tackle through the draft, the Houston Texans could bolster their lineup via free agency at the safety position:
- Out of the safeties currently on the Texans roster, only Andre Hal graded above the average NFL level for in 2016, but just barely, with a grade of 76.3.
- Corey Moore played 388 snaps in 2016, second most of current Texans safeties, while Eddie Pleasant was next with 246. Neither looks to be a long-term answer at the position.
Some notable free agent options for Houston:
- Corey Graham finished 2016 with an overall grade of 80.0, which would easily be the best on the Texans going into 2017. Graham’s six pass breakups in 2016 were tied for third most among NFL safeties.
- Tre Boston, recently released by Carolina, allowed a passer rating of just 35.7 into his coverage in 2016, best of all NFL safeties.
- Jairus Byrd could bring a level of experience to the safety position they don’t currently have. Since 2011, Byrd has averaged a PFF overall grade of 84.1, not including his injury-shortened 2014 season.