As I wrote last week, Bouye was a late-bloomer who is done working his way up through the depth chart. The league has recognized his ability as a top-flight cornerback and, given the expected competition on the open market, should dictate a very lucrative contract for the 25-year-old former undrafted free agent.
Bouye picked off a pair of passes in the playoffs, giving him three interceptions on the season along with 16 passes defensed and a sack. Along with veteran Johnathan Joseph, Bouye helps allow the Texans’ dominant pass rushing tandem of Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt to function properly. Houston will just need to pay dearly for that privilege again in 2017.
Earlier in the day, O’Brien told reporters that he would “evaluate everything” related to his disappointing offense.
Godsey began the 2016 season as Houston’s primary play-caller, only to have to those duties stripped by O’Brien back in Week 4.
Vrabel spent 14 seasons as an NFL player, most notably eight seasons with the New England Patriots. After retiring, the linebacker joined the Ohio State coaching staff for three seasons before joining the Texans in 2014.
The 41-year-old is considered one of the rising stars among defensive coaches. The Los Angeles Rams actually had an interest in interviewing Vrabel for their head coaching position. The Chargers and 49ers were looking at him for their defensive coordinator position.
The Clemson product completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 10,168 yards, with 8.4 yards per attempt and a 90-32 touchdown-to-interception ratio in three college seasons. He finished his time at Clemson by helping the Tigers win a national title.
The Davey O’Brien Award winner, as college football’s top quarterback, owns the heady leadership coaches love. However, he enters the NFL with question marks about his accuracy, turnovers and ability to dissect a defense.
Bullough’s release comes less than a month after the league announced he would be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy. Bullough accepted responsibility for the drug policy violation, apologizing to the Texans, his teammates and fans on Twitter shortly after his suspension was announced.
Mumphery and Bullough’s releases were first reported by Mark Berman of KRIV-TV in Houston on Friday. The duo played together at Michigan State before being reunited on the Texans.
“There were many reasons basically that I felt this is the right decision,” Romo said when asked about the role a move to Houston played in his career contemplation. “It really had nothing to do with the Texans. It had everything to do with CBS and the team that they have. The ability to work alongside of Jim Nantz, just knowing what I wanted to do the next 15, 20, 30 years. I really felt it as though was the right decision at the right time. I’m really excited about a new challenge ahead.”
Cozy seat next to Jim Nantz greater than dropping back to pass at 37 years old with a lengthy injury history? Seems like the decision to retire made sense to Romo.