The Houston Texans have reportedly released cornerback Aaron Colvin, 24 hours after his struggles in the team's season-opening loss to New Orleans.
Colvin was in the second year of a four-year, $34 million contract that had $18 million guaranteed.
Colvin gave up two touchdowns in the second half of Monday night's 30-28 loss.
The first came on a 9-yard score by Taysom Hill in the third quarter.
He then got beat on a 14-yard TD reception by Tre'Quan Smith later in the period.
Colvin was also on the coverage when Ted Ginn grabbed a 9-yard reception that set up the game-winning field goal.
The Texans drew widespread criticism for the final play before Lutz’s field goal that saw their secondary line up in soft coverage.
It allowed Ginn to run free underneath the coverage to gain the nine yards needed to set up the field goal.
I want to be sure I get the picture accurate. Here is the #Texans’ corner alignment on the play that gave up the yardage which allowed the field goal. Ted Ginn is in the slot. Why the corners aren’t in press with the safeties over the top, I’m not sure. pic.twitter.com/ktz2rI66bc— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 10, 2019
Ginn was lined up in the slot to the right of the formation in the image above.
Colvin is the man in coverage lined up at the 41-yard line across from Ginn.
It’s unclear if Colvin was instructed to line up that deep or made a mistake on the play.
#Texans released CB Aaron Colvin, per @AdamSchefter. Colvin had the “off” coverage on WR Ted Ginn, ultimately resulting in the surrendered yardage helping a game-winning #Saints field goal. Texans’ Bill O’Brien said the coverage was called by the staff. But Colvin pays the price. pic.twitter.com/sdlebYjmvU— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 11, 2019
Colvin had a tough game all night
Regardless, according to NFL research, he had a rough night overall and was responsible for allowing 117 yards and a touchdown through the air.
The 27-year-old Colvin spent his first four years in Jacksonville before joining the Texans before last season.
He appeared in 10 games with two starts for Houston last season and finished with 29 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
He was due $7.5 million in salary this season — the second year of his contract — which NFL Network reports was included in the guaranteed money.
What was Aaron Colvin doing...thinking...on that TD by Taysom Hill? My man can’t even guard a quarterback. Smh. @SportsRadio610— Rick Kamla (@RickKamlaSports) September 10, 2019
Re-watching the finish, I have no clue what Aaron Colvin was thinking on that final completion. He backed up 3 yards for no reason. The safeties were like 25 yards off, was he scared about a TD pass?— Mike Meltser (@MikeMeltser) September 10, 2019
In addition to playing off Ted Ginn on the catch that set up the game-winner, Aaron Colvin also stumbled here, helping lead to the Saints' go-ahead score. pic.twitter.com/IoUU3h2CSI— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) September 11, 2019
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