As we continue to scrounge the Internet for Houston Texans news as the NFL Lockout drags on, I stumbled upon this article from CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco. The article in question is about ten free-agent deals that make too much sense to Prisco. Of course, the Texans are mentioned with someone who could improve their woeful secondary. Who's the rumored cornerback that makes too much sense? Hit the jump to check it out.
For those following the usual big names, Prisco's got Eric Weddle heading to Jacksonville, Nnamdi Asomugha taking the big bucks of Washington owner Dan Snyder, Michael Huff cashing in on a career year by moving to Dallas, Antonio Cromartie replacing Asomugha in Oakland, and Johnathan Joseph sliding into the number one spot in Detroit.
Who does that leave Houston with? Maybe potential up and comers Richard Marshall or Josh Wilson? You know, guys who are entering their prime, regarded as good, and won't command the mega millions of Asomugha and Joseph. No, he disregards the classic signs of a Texans signing and chooses Carlos Rogers.
Prisco loosely speculates that the Texans could target Nnamdi but that "the talk" is he doesn't want to play here. He goes onto say Rogers has been a good player, but I disagree.
The Texans need a number one cornerback. Rogers, earlier in his career, was a solid number two guy. Good enough to keep up with someone, but he dropped interceptions and missed tackles. If you buy into the metrics of Pro Football Focus (literally and figuratively), you'd see Rogers on the decline over the past few seasons (information is second-hand via a friend).
The decline is what I see with the eye test. I have seen an underrated number two corner on the decline over the past two or three seasons and potentially needing to slide down to the slot or maybe a safety role - maybe. It's not the kind of move that gets my hopes up about an improved defense as it doesn't do too much to improve the team (I honestly don't think he'd be a better #1 than Jason Allen or Glover Quin) and, as such, it doesn't make any sense to me.
We don't know much about free agency, but I do know that Rick Smith cannot afford to gamble his job on anything other than a sure-fire #1 cornerback.