The Jacksonville Jaguars might end up having one of the best cornerback tandems in the National Football League. Yes, that is a sentence worthy of a double take.
Already flush with talented youngster Jalen Ramsey at one corner spot, the Jaguars are reportedly closing in on a deal with former Houston Texans cover guy A.J. Bouye.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
This would be an absolutely huge signing for the long downtrodden Jaguars. Despite flying under the radar to an extent last season, Bouye proved himself to be among the best cornerbacks in the entire game. His performance was right up there with the Richard Shermans and Patrick Petersons of the world.
A former undrafted free agent out of Central Florida, the 25-year-old Bouye recorded 62 tackles, 16 passes defended and one interception for Houston last season. More than that, Pro Football Focus graded him out as the league’s third-best cover corner.
It’s a move that we saw coming. Flush with a ton of cap room and a need in the secondary, Jacksonville has been linked to the top defenders on the free-agent market. Adding Bouye to the mix would be huge for the team.
Pure conjecture here, but the deal will likely reach the $14 million per season plateau, making Bouye one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the game.