The Texans have six potential restricted free agents on their roster heading into the new league year and they’ve opted for a few different paths with that group of players.
Rather than tender safety Eddie Pleasant, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team has signed him to a two-year deal that will keep Pleasant under Houston’s control through the 2017 season. Pleasant has played in 46-of-48 regular season games over the last three seasons for the Texans and had 38 tackles, a half-sack and two interceptions for the team while playing every game last year.
Wilson reports the Texans also tried to sign cornerback A.J. Bouye to a multi-year deal, but those talks apparently didn’t go the direction they hoped so they will tender him instead. It’s the $1.671 million original round tender, which means that the Texans wouldn’t get any compensation if Bouye leaves since he entered the league as an undrafted free agent.
Linebacker John Simon got the same tender, although he was a fourth-round pick so the Texans would get something in return if he departs. He had 53 tackles and five sacks for the Texans last season.
Running back Jonathan Grimes is not expected to get tendered. Cornerback Darryl Morris and linebacker Justin Tuggle are the other restricted free agents in Houston.