The Rundown: The Exit of Aaron Colvin and What it Means for the Houston Texans

Patrick D. Starr

The Houston Texans parted ways with cornerback Aaron Colvin after struggling during their week one loss against the New Orleans Saints. The Colvin experiment ended two seasons into his four-year deal with the Texans.

With the exit of Colvin, their starting nickel, here is a look on how it affects the Texans moving into week two of the regular season.

The Rundown

The Cap Situation

The Texans part ways with Colvin two seasons into a four-year deal that was worth $34 million with $18 million guaranteed. The Texans will have $8.65 in dead money in 2019 according to, and they will have $2 million in dead cash in 2020.

Addressing the Nickel Position

Cornerback shift with the exit of Colvin gives the Texans different possibilities to address the nickel vacancy.

The Texans could move starting cornerback Bradley Roby inside to the nickel and give rookie Lonnie Johnson Jr. snaps on the outside.


The Texans could give second-year cornerback Keion Crossen or recently signed cornerback Phillip Gaines a chance to be inserted into the nickel spot without moving Roby from his position.

There are options for the defense, but finding the right combination is going to be essential for the defense, especially with a secondary that is trying to find consistency.

Bill O'Brien's Show

The Texans allowed Colvin to win his spot during training camp and did with a strong training camp. All of that did not matter when he faltered during the Texans week one loss to the Saints with a terrible evening in coverage.

Head Coach Bill O'Brien has thrown the hammer down after week one and used Colvin as the example to the rest of the team. Except for a handful of players on the roster, the release of Colvin shows that players are expendable. No matter what contract the player has if a player is not performing to expectations, O'Brien does not have time for mistakes.

For a team that is trying to take the next step and make the jump in the AFC, O'Brien is working to hold players accountable. The example was made with Colvin. It has put plenty of players inside the locker room on notice to hold up their end of the bargain when they practice, attend meetings, and play on gamedays.

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