The Houston Texans have a problem at cornerback. They need warm bodies with a modicum of athletic ability to compete in offseason workouts, and training camp, and preseason games, to push what they currently have on the roster, and maybe, just maybe, they can find a winning lotto ticket lying on the stained sidewalk.
Houston currently has Vernon Hargreaves III, Lonnie Johnson Jr. (who is probably a safety now), Eric Murray (who doesn’t play a position and is bad at everything), Bradley Roby (who is suspended for week one), and Keion Crossen sitting on their roster. The Texans added another body to this group. They signed Tremon Smith to a one-year contract worth up to $1.13 million.
Most of all though, this is a special teams signing. Smith will be joining new Texans special teams coordinator, and his former special teams coordinator, Frank Ross, by signing with the Texans. Smith played 30% of the Colts special teams snaps last year, but has only played seven total defensive snaps the last two seasons.
It’s another Caserio move to change out the bottom of the roster. Smith is exactly this. Maybe you’ll see him on a Texans kickoff this September.