After five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Bradley Roby is set to continue his NFL career with a new team.
NFL Network's James Palmer reported Tuesday that Roby, who played at Ohio State from 2010-13, has agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Houston Texans.
Broncos former first round pick CB Bradley Roby is signing with the the Texans for 1 year and 10 million, per source.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 12, 2019
While the NFL's free agency negotiation period began Monday, Roby's deal with the Texans cannot become official until Wednesday, when the new league year begins.
In five seasons with the Broncos, Roby appeared in 79 games with 29 starts, recording 236 total tackles, 60 pass deflections, seven interceptions, seven forced fumbles, three sacks and two defensive touchdowns. He started a career-high 15 games for the Broncos, serving as their No. 2 cornerback.
The Broncos opted to part ways with Roby in free agency this year, however, agreeing to a three-year, $33 million contract with Kareem Jackson – who played for the Texans last year – to replace him at cornerback.
Now, Roby is likely in line to be the Texans' No. 2 cornerback in 2019 opposite Johnathan Joseph.
Other teams that showed interest in Roby included the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, according to Palmer, but ultimately, he chose to join the Texans. Roby told Mike Klis of 9News in Denver that he turned down a three-year offer from the Steelers as well as a one-year offer from the 49ers, choosing to take a one-year deal from the Texans with the goal of earning a bigger contract next offseason.
Spoke to Bradley Roby. He turned down 3-year offer from Steelers and 1-year offer from 49ers to take one-year, $10 Mil deal with Texans. Browns were also in for a while. Roby: "It's a prove it deal. I feel like I should go back in (the market) while I'm still young.'' #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 12, 2019
Roby is the first former Ohio State player who has been reported to agree to a contract with a new NFL team since the free agency negotiation period began Monday. Carlos Hyde signed with the Chiefs over the weekend, but that came after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars; Johnathan Hankins re-signed with the Raiders on Sunday, while the Steelers announced Tuesday that Ryan Shazier will remain under contract for the 2019 season, even though he will be unable to play as he continues to recover from a spinal injury.