Bouye mentioned that he “wanted to prove to everybody that [he] could play” this year, and after putting together a breakout season, he’s now in position to be one of the best available free agents in the coming months.
Texans HC Bill O’Brien told reporters that he wants them to re-sign Bouye and views him as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.
“I can tell you we want A.J. Bouye back,” O’Brien said, per Aaron Wilson. “He’s one of us.”
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported last month that there was “growing buzz” in NFL circles that Bouye will be among the most coveted players next year’s free agent market, and could command as much as $8 million per year in his next contract.
The upcoming free agent market is short on high-end talent at cornerback, which leaves Bouye in a great position. For what it’s worth, it would run the Texans around $14.3 million to franchise Bouye next year.
Bouye, 25, wound up signing on with the Texans as an undrafted free agent out of UCF back in 2013. He returned to the Texans on a one-year, $1.671 million restricted contract this past March and is now in position to be one of the most sought after cornerbacks in next year’s market.
In 2016, Bouye has appeared 15 games and recorded 63 tackles, one sack, an interception and 16 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 cornerback out of 115 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 30 – 2017 Free Agents list.