Bouye (6-0, 191) was a great special teamer who ascended at the right time. He has had just 15 career starts for the Texans and just completed a $1.6 million contract for one season to become a high-profile free agent. He has 62 career tackles and 15 pass breakups as a cover man who tends to stick tight in coverage.
Kevin Zeitzer of the Cincinnati Bengals is someone to consider. The 6-foot-4, 315 pounder will be 27 years old in March coming off his rookie contract. The former Wisconsin Badgers standout was a good choice in the first round in 2012 by the Bengals. Zeitzer is a power run blocker and the highest graded player on the Bengals O-line. He doesn’t give up sacks very often, and that gets you paid in today’s NFL.
Someone that is familiar to the area is Baton Rouge native Ronald Leary (6-3, 317), who played collegiatley at Memphis where he lined up at both tackle spots. Undrafted in 2012, he joined the Cowboys as a free agent where he had 45 starts as a guard.
Now 27 years old, Leary had a one year deal with the Cowboys in ’16 for $2,553,000. Dallas doesn’t look to re-sign him. The only red flag is his degenerative knee issue which would have to be checked out.
Green Bay’s T.J. Lang has played through foot and hip injuries. He is a solid pass protector who will be 30 years old in September. He just completed a 4-year, $20.8 million contract. Lang would be the type of signing who would help bridge the gap to a potential draft pick’s path to the starting lineup.
Cornerback is a sore spot for New Orleans due to injury question marks, and 26 year old A.J. Bouye could fill the bill to lock down a starting spot. The 2013 undrafted free agent out of UCF of the Houston Texans has been a great find by the franchise.
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