The Houston Texans’ signing of free agent cornerback Aaron Colvin in 2018 was, shall we say, ill-advised?
The Texans signed Colvin to a 4-year, $34 million deal during free agency last year. He only played in 10 games last season due to an ankle injury and the team sat him in the playoffs. This year, he only made it one game.
The Texans on Tuesday released Colvin despite owing him $7.5 million guaranteed this year, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Had the Texans cut Colvin after the season, the cornerback would have only carried a $2 million dead cap value for 2020 rather than a $10.5 million amount this year. They must really have wanted him gone.
Colvin, 27, came to Houston from Jacksonville, where he played the first four seasons of his NFL career. He was credited with five tackles in the Monday night loss to the Saints.
Also on Tuesday, the Texans added cornerback Phillip Gaines.
NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more, and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.
With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team entering the 2018 season.
Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, TE
After signing him to two consecutive one-year deals, the Cardinals suddenly decided to invest heavily in Jermaine Gresham, signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal with $16.5 million guaranteed. The $7 million annual salary far exceeds any contract Gresham had previously signed, which is curious considering he hasn’t exceeded 500 yards in a single season since 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Add in that Greshman is now on the wrong side of 30, and it’s easy to understand how he made this list.
Malik Jackson and Aaron Colvin had to be separated on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ sideline after getting into a heated exchange in the first quarter of the team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
The Jags got off to a rough start early against the Niners, allowing a touchdown and field goal on San Francisco’s first two offensive possessions.
The bad start took its toll on Jacksonville’s defense. CBS showed Jackson and Colvin getting into it on the sideline, which led to a coach separating them:
The Jaguars actually clinched the AFC South thanks to a loss by the Tennessee Titans to the Los Angeles Rams earlier in the day, but don’t tell that to their defensive players, who obviously were still competing.