Offseason Blueprint: Texans

In 2011, with a Swiss cheese secondary, the Houston Texans stepped out in free agency and brought in two big veteran additions.

Cornerback Johnathan Joseph and safety Danieal Manning both played significant roles in helping the Texans turn from perennial underachievers into a playoff contenders.

But after a giant initial season, Joseph's had trouble staying healthy and Manning has dropped off. He was lost to a right knee injury in October 2013.

Manning could be a salary cap casualty, as cutting him as he heads into the final year of his deal would save $4.5 million.

Even with a healthy Joseph playing opposite Kareem Jackson, the Texans need to upgrade cornerback depth.

That leads ESPN.com’s KC Joyner to look at two outsiders as potential solutions in free agency as part of our offseason blueprintInsider for the Texans: Carolina safety Mike Mitchell and Seattle corner Walter Thurmond.

I could see Mitchell as a member of the Texans. But I would think Thurmond is going to find work as an every down corner and Joyner suggests he'd be an upgrade over nickelback Brice McCain.