According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Cleveland Browns are one of six teams who are expected to be “extremely competitive” in trying to sign free agent CB A.J. Bouye.
Among the teams expected to be extremely competitive for A.J. Bouye: Texans, Titans, Jaguars, Colts, 49ers, Browns— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 7, 2017
Pro Football Focus has Bouye ranked as their 7th-best free agent and 2nd-best cornerback in this year’s market:
A.J. Bouye was one of the breakout players of the 2016 season, likely earning himself a lot of money. The risk is that anybody handing him that contract is working from just one season of tape, but it was one consistent season—the expected regression never really came—and it does feature 17 games, thanks to Houston’s playoff campaign. Over the year, Bouye allowed just 50.5 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught for a passer rating of 58.5 from opposing QBs.
An undrafted free agent in 2013, Bouye didn’t become a starter until this past season. Despite having just one year of productivity, Wilson says that Bouye’s average contract offers thus far include $12 million per year.