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Texans release CB Aaron Colvin

Aaron Colvin, Texans

In the wake of Monday night’s heartbreaking loss in New Orleans, the Houston Texans are making a surprising move. The team is releasing veteran cornerback Aaron Colvin, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Texans are taking a big financial loss, and essentially admitting they made a major error here. Just last year, the team gave Colvin a massive four-year, $34 million deal with a whopping $18 million guaranteed.

As Rapoport points out Colvin had a guaranteed $7.5 million salary for 2019, which the Texans will now have to eat. Colvin thrived as a nickel corner with the Jaguars, but struggled to transition to Houston’s system. He’ll now leave town having made $18 million for just 11 games played with the team.

It was clear right away that the marriage wasn’t working out in 2018, and he ended up only starting two games last year. He also missed time with a significant ankle injury.

Houston’s secondary has been a weakness for a while, and they’d been sniffing around for cornerback help for a while. After getting torched by Drew Brees no Monday Night Football, they decided they couldn’t wait any longer.

Colvin started Monday night’s game, and they obviously didn’t like what they saw. In a corresponding roster move, the Texans signed former Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines.

Gaines, a third-round pick of Kansas City back in 2014, started six games for the Bills last year. Colvin was a bust in Houston, but he’s still only 27. He had a lot of success in Jacksonville, and should draw interest on the open market.