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Free Agent Profile: A.J Bouye, CB, Houston

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It seems almost a certainty that the Jets will target a cornerback in free agency, will that cornerback be A.J Bouye?

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Free agency is just around the corner and it's safe to say that the Jets are preparing for it by opening up some cap room. With the recent cuts, the Jets now have some cap space to work with, and I'd be willing to bet that there will be more cuts to come.

So now we have a little cap space, with more likely to come...what are we going to do with it?

I think it's safe to say that we'll target a cornerback. With Revis almost certainly set to be cut, the Jets are lacking in the secondary and it makes too much sense for them not to address this through free agency. We made look at Trumaine Johnson, we may look at Logan Ryan or Stephon Gilmore, but today we're focusing in on A.J Bouye, who is widely considered to be the best corner in the free agency class.

It's not very often you'll see a 25 year old lockdown corner hit free agency. Before the 2016 season, Bouye had played in 856 snaps, in 2016 he got his chance and appeared in 790 snaps, and boy did he take that opportunity and run with it. He allowed 54.5% completion into his coverage for an average of 9.8 yards. He finished the year as one of the highest rated corners in the league. In fact, PFF rated him as the 2nd best CB overall. You also have to consider that A.J Bouye played a lot of man to man, the preferred Todd Bowles style for his corners.

He covered some of the best receivers in the league and largely blanketed them. When the Texans faced the Chiefs, he covered Travis Kelce, he had just 34 yards on 5 receptions.

It was quite the rise for A.J, he actually went undrafted in 2013 out of Central Florida. He wasn't even invited to the combine and ran a pedestrian 4.5 forty yard dash to drop down the board, he blames a hamstring injury for his slow time, but after this off-season, I can't imagine it mattering all that much.

At the moment it doesn't seem as though a deal will be reached between the Texans and Bouye before free agency opens on March 9th, and the $14.3 million projected franchise tag for CB seems to be something the Texans aren't considering at the moment. That doesn't mean things can't change, but right now it seems as though A.J Bouye will be cashing in this Spring.

Now it's always dangerous to give someone big money based on one year's worth of production, and that may be one of the factors playing into the Texans thinking. You also have to think that they're unwilling to put more money into the position with Kareem Jackson, Johnathan Joseph, and Kevin Johnson all under contract.

Now to land A.J, it's likely you're going to have to give him a contract similar to the one that Janoris Jenkins signed with the Giants. Jenkins signed a 5 year $62.5 million contract in New York, and I can see Bouye getting similar money. There are always a number of teams looking for cornerbacks and as I mentioned earlier, it's not very often you get a 25 year old corner hitting the market after showing lockdown potential.

If you watch A.J Bouye, you see a very gifted corner. His instincts and route recognition are excellent, he eads and reacts to the ball quicker than most and he has a smooth backpedal when having to cover playing off coverage. Who knows if the Jets are the ones to land him in March, but I imagine they'll be taking a long hard look at the talented corner.