The Houston Texans’ cornerback group gets to retain some more depth. Philip Gaines agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with the Texans on Saturday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Texans have reached an agreement with veteran cornerback Phillip Gaines, a former Chiefs third-round draft pick from Rice, on a one-year veteran minimum contract, according to a league source, final total pending finalization of the collective bargaining agreement.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 14, 2020
The Rice product managed to play six games last year, starting two of them. A high-ankle sprain suffered during Houston’s 30-23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts back in October ended his season prematurely.
According to Spotrac, Gaines’ new contract is worth $910,000 and carries a cap hit of $675,000.
All in all, it’s a depth signing that didn't break the bank. Bill O’Brien might see something in Gaines that warranted bringing him back, or maybe he simply didn’t see enough to make a decision about Gaines from his performance last season. If Gaines can cover for one of Houston’s new signings or draftees in the future while they take a breath, this might turn out to be a win.