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2021 NFL Free Agency: Texans sign cornerback Terrance Mitchell to a 2-year contract

The Browns starting outside cornerback comes to Houston.

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The Texans need cornerbacks. Bradley Roby, Vernon Hargreaves III, Keion Crossen, this isn’t enough. The Texans added to their bundle of free agents by signing Browns cornerback Terrance Mitchell to a two-year contract worth up to $7.5 million.

Mitchell wasn’t expected to start in Cleveland last year. Greedy Williams’s limp shoulder opened the door for Mitchell to take over. Mitchell was targeted 99 times last season, and he allowed 58 catches for 825 yards and a quarterback rating of 105.8 when targeted. Despite their front four pass rush, the Browns pass defense was underwhelming thanks to their cornerback, linebacker, and safety play.

Entering his age 29 season, Mitchell meets Nick Caserio’s requirements for this offseason. A veteran, on a short deal, who provides some level of competency at the bottom of the roster. Like every addition aside from Marcus Cannon and Shaq Lawson, Mitchell is a roster hopeful and a possible starter at the same time. The Texans needed cornerback competition, and a potential starter, and they got it with Mitchell.