The Texans Should Steal This Upcoming Free Agent Away From the Colts After the 2020 Season

Jason Schandl
The Houston Texans should target this Colts free agent next offseason.
The Houston Texans should target this Colts free agent next offseason. / Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
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The AFC South has been one of the mostly hotly contested divisions in the NFL lately. All four teams have made playoff appearances within the last three seasons, and one of the two AFC Wild Card teams has come from the division in each of those years.

That leaves a ton of in-fighting as the teams claw to get a leg up on each other. The Houston Texans could make a big impact next offseason by signing current Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker.

At just 24 years old, Hooker has already developed into a force in the Colts' defensive backfield. He has earned overall grades of 69.5 and 79.1 from Pro Football Focus (PFF) over the last two seasons, grading out well against both the run and the pass. In 33 starts with the Colts he's already racked up 117 tackles, 11 pass defenses and 7 interceptions.

The Colts will have a ton of cap space next offseason, but they'll also have plenty of needs to fill. They may have to bring in a starting quarterback if rookie fourth-round pick Jacob Eason doesn't develop quickly enough, and stars T.Y. Hilton and Ryan Kelly will both be up for new contracts. If the Texans put together a big offer, they may have no choice but to let Hooker walk.

Safety is also a position of need in Houston. Justin Reid is terrific, but he was the only safety on the roster that played at least 100 snaps and had an overall grade of even 57.0 on PFF.

Filling a big need while also stealing a top player away from the Colts would be a win-win for the Texans. A move that strong would also be a welcome relief after the 2020 offseason was filled with some questionable choices from Bill O'Brien.


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