A high-priced NFL player isn’t always safe. That’s what Aaron Colvin found out Tuesday after he struggled in a high-profile, nationally televised game.
The Texans, who dropped a heart-breaking 30-28 loss to the Saints on Monday night in New Orleans, released the veteran cornerback, a little more than a year into his four-year, $34 million contract, according to NFL Network. He will get $7.5 million for 2019, which was guaranteed.
Colvin was the weakest link on a secondary which allowed 362 yards passing in the game. He gave up two touchdowns in the second half.
The first came on a 9-yard score by Taysom Hill in the third quarter before he got beat on a 14-yard TD reception by Tre’Quan Smith later in the period. Colvin was also on the coverage when Ted Ginn grabbed a 9-yard reception that set up the game-winning field goal for New Orleans and Drew Brees.
After the game, Colvin acknowledged his struggles, but still believed the Texans had a “special defense”.
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“[Brees is] a great player,” Colvin told reporters after the game. “He did what he needed to do. We didn’t, especially myself. That’s what it is. We have a lot of great players. We just have to execute better, myself first and foremost. We didn’t play well.”
The Houston secondary, led by Colvin, spoiled an impressive late drive by Deshaun Watson, who moved the offense 75 yards on just two plays, capped by a 37-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills to give Houston a 28-27 lead with just 37 seconds left.
Colvin started the 2018 season as the Texans’ nickel cornerback, but injured his ankle in Week 4 and played in just 10 games, making two starts. He was a healthy scratch in Houston’s lone playoff game last season.
The Texans’ starting cornerbacks are Johnathan Joseph and Bradley Roby. After Colvin’s release, Houston has three other cornerbacks on the roster: Lonnie Johnson Jr., Xavier Crawford and Keion Crossen. It’s likely the Texans will acquire another cornerback, because they do not have another dependable option on the roster.