With injuries mounting for the Texans' secondary, they had to make a move.
Tuesday, they reacted by signing Stanford Routt to a one-year deal.
Routt was signed to big deals by the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs on the perception that he was an elite corner. His play was so ragged however, that he has been released twice in the last two seasons.
With three Texans corners hobbled with injuries, the team had little choice but sign someone. At this late date, there simply aren't many NFL-caliber corners walking the streets.
While it is unlikely Routt regains elite status in Houston, he doesn't have to in order to be a quality pickup.
All Routt has to give Houston is stop-gap play for a few weeks until other players heal up.
Fans always want to envision the most hopeful of scenarios, and this is no exception. It's nothing more than a good, safe move to fill an immediate need.
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Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says Daryl Smith wants to be on the field.
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