The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free agent and former Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye, according to ESPN’s Michael Wright.
AJ Bouye deal w/Jax: 5 years, $67.5M, $26M guaranteed, per source...works out to $13.5M per. Dude's agent Fred Lyles getting it done.— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) March 9, 2017
Bouye, considered to be the best cornerback on the free agent market, had himself a breakout season with the Houston Texans in 2016. Starting 11 games in place of an injured Kevin Johnson, Bouye allowed only 47.9% of his targets to be completed, averaging only 10.8 yards per reception (per Matt Harmon of NFL.com). He had one interception and 16 defended passes in 2016, and has recorded six interceptions and 32 defended passes in his four year career.
This is big news, and a huge move for the Jaguars. This move will help to re-haul the secondary, pairing two rising stars at corner with Bouye and Jalen Ramsey. The team has also reportedly agreed to terms with Barry Church to come in and be the new strong safety, so it’s pretty clear that the secondary will have a whole new look this year.
We will update this story as soon as more details emerge.