The Houston Texans were able to pry away free agent cornerback Bradley Roby away from plenty of teams vying for his services for the coming seasons. Roby passed on a 3-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers to land a one-year “prove it” deal with the Texans worth $10 million. The five-year veteran cornerback is not hiding from the fact that is exactly why he is coming to Houston, to show he can play better than he did in 2018 to help his value for the long term.
“It’s a prove-it deal, but I’d rather go back in the market and try to get that long one while I’m still young,’’ Roby said in a phone interview with Mike Klis of 9News. “It was tough to not take that deal from the Steelers for security, but I’m seeing guys getting paid something crazy. I know I should be getting paid that, but I didn’t have the best year last year.’’
Roby was a first-round selection (31st overall) by the Broncos during the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. The Broncos 3rd cornerback on the roster behind Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., Roby received his shot to be the number two cornerback with Talib leaving for the Los Angeles Rams.
The season was up and down for Roby which caused the Broncos to not offer him a deal allowing him to listen to other offers which ultimately ended up with him signing with the Texans.
Roby discussed the Broncos not offering him a deal.
"Nah, they tried to word it nice, but they didn’t offer,’’ Roby explained. “They were talking about it. They said they wanted to wait to hear what I was worth and then try to counter, but they didn’t. They got the guy they wanted (Kareem Jackson).’’
The Steelers along with 49ers and Browns were in on Roby, until he accepted that he was headed to the Texans. Roby is ready to put the Broncos in the rear view mirror and get to work with his new team.
“But it's a business. Denver, they didn't want me, they wanted someone else. So, keep moving.’’
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