HOUSTON -- Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye returned to the fold on Monday, signing his restricted free agent tender. Bouye has spent all of his three NFL seasons with the Texans after joining the team as an undrafted rookie in 2013.
The Texans had solid cornerback depth last season, with their top three corners a trio of first-round draft picks in Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and 2015 first-round pick Kevin Johnson. Bouye was the Texans' fourth corner, one who could sub in outside if needed.
Bouye is the eighth player the Texans have re-signed in free agency. They've also retained safety Eddie Pleasant, punter Shane Lechler, kicker Nick Novak, cornerback Charles James, running back Jonathan Grimes, tackle Chris Clark and guard/tackle Jeff Adams.
Some notable players who were with the Texans in 2015 and are still unsigned in free agency include safety Quintin Demps and defensive end Jared Crick. Both could return at some point. These are also positions the Texans could address in the draft.
These moves all represent the quieter side of free agency as the Texans made a big splash with external free agents, signing four on the first day. In all they've added five players: quarterback Brock Osweiler, running back Lamar Miller, guard Jeff Allen, center Tony Bergstrom and safety Antonio Allen.