The Houston Texans reportedly re-signed restricted free-agent strong safety Eddie Pleasant to a two-year deal Tuesday, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain. Mark Berman of Fox 26 confirmed the news.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported Pleasant would make $2.15 million on his two-year deal, with a $725,000 salary in 2016, $1.078 million salary in 2017, $311,000 roster bonus for this season and $33,000 roster bonus for next.
Pleasant has only started one game since joining the Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon in 2012, but he earned respect by steadily working his way up the depth chart and into a rotational role in Houston's secondary while contributing on special teams, per McClain:
S Eddie Pleasant played well over second part of season. Always been good special teams player.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 9, 2016
"He's always been a good player for us on special teams, but it’d be real nice to see him evolve into a defensive player," Texans general manager Rick Smith said last August, per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.
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Pleasant played the role of backup to Quintin Demps last season, but a changing of the guard may be in order after Houston reportedly made a two-year commitment to the 27-year-old.
Demps, 30, is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and the development Pleasant demonstrated throughout the season's final eight games pointed to his upside as a potential starting option long-term.
Although it may not be the flashiest move, maintaining continuity on the back end while investing in an improving young talent could prove to be a prudent play by Houston's front office.