The Houston Texans are concerned about losing free agent cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a report from ESPN’s Ed Werder. Werder also adds that the Texans are expected to make a counter offer today.
It was first reported yesterday that the Eagles are interested in Bouye. Philadelphia reportedly spoke with his representation, but then Houston reporter Aaron Wilson later followed up with these tweets.
Among the teams expected to be extremely competitive for A.J. Bouye: Texans, Titans, Jaguars, Colts, 49ers, Browns— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 7, 2017
Eagles have inquired about A.J. Bouye, but not expected to emerge as a serious player for his services at this time. Fluid situation— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 7, 2017
So maybe the Eagles are more interested in Bouye than originally thought? That’s a possibility.
It’s also entirely possible Bouye’s agent is just using the Eagles’ interest to leverage the Texans into giving Bouye more money to stay in Houston.
In any case, Bouye is expected to earn a big pay day wherever he signs. He’s arguably viewed as the top cornerback on the market this offseason.
The Eagles need a lot of help at cornerback so there’s no question the 25-year-old defender would be an upgrade for Philadelphia. But is the cost right? The Eagles are already limited on cap space and they have a lot of other pressing needs, such as wide receiver. Not to mention the fact the 2017 NFL Draft is loaded with corner talent for the Eagles could opt to hold off on overpaying a player in free agency.
We’ll see what happens.
UPDATE: Wilson stands by his report the Eagles aren’t a serious contender for Bouye. Conflicting information alert!
Eagles are still not considered a serious player for A.J. Bouye at this time. Of course, things can always change.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 8, 2017