There’s an abundance of talented safeties set to hit the free agent market next week when the new league year begins, from Earl Thomas to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The Los Angeles Rams, with a safety of their own (Lamarcus Joyner) becoming a free agent, are sure to show at least some interest in the top guys available.
If they’d prefer not to pay top dollar for Thomas or Adrian Amos, there will be a very affordable option on the market. The Browns will reportedly not tender restricted free agent Briean Boddy-Calhoun, which comes as somewhat of a surprise.
He’s a versatile defensive back with experience at just about every position in the secondary. He can cover the slot, play near the line of scrimmage, line up across from receivers outside or play single-high safety. To be sure, he’s not elite at any of those spots, but his flashes of talent are difficult to ignore.
This was a poor throw by Foles, but Boddy-Calhoun showed off outstanding range and ball skills on this interception in the preseason.
His best position in the NFL is at free safety, which is exactly what the Rams are looking for this offseason. They need a rangy player on the backend who can patrol the middle of the field and make plays on the ball.
And in the event that a cornerback was to go down with an injury, Boddy-Calhoun has shown in the past he can play the position. Just two years ago, he performed at a high level.
The soon-to-be former Browns defensive back will be affordable for a team like the Rams, which doesn’t have an abundance of cap space. He can probably be had for around $3 million per year, likely for one season in L.A.
The Rams have a clear need at safety and while landing one of the big names would be ideal, they could save money on the position by signing Boddy-Calhoun and spending the excess money on Rodger Saffold or Dante Fowler Jr.
The Browns want to keep wide receiver Rashard Higgins, but they’re willing to let the market have a chance at defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns will not tender Boddy-Calhoun as a restricted free agent.
The 26-year-old Boddy-Calhoun has played safety and slot corner for the Browns, and has started 21 games the last three seasons.
It’s unclear which level of tender they want to put on Higgins, who became one of quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s favorite targets last year.
Higgins caught 39 passes for 572 yards and four touchdowns last year, a 14.7 yards per catch average.
The first-round tender for RFAs is $4.407 million and the second-round tender is $3.095 million, though Higgins has said he’s open to a long-term deal.
Boddy-Calhoun was non-tendered by the Browns earlier this month, making him a free agent. The former undrafted free agent had spent the majority of his three-year career in Cleveland.
Boddy-Calhoun started 15 games for the Browns over the past two seasons, including a 2018 campaign where he appeared in a career-high eight games. The cornerback also finished with career-bests in tackles (56) and QB hits (three). Pro Football Focus on ranked Boddy-Calhoun 79th among 112 eligible cornerbacks, but his pass-rushing grade was just outside the top-20.
In Houston, the 26-year-old will likely take on more of a backup role behind Johnathan Joseph and free agent addition Bradley Roby. The Texans are also rostering Aaron Colvin and Kayvon Webster.
Boddy-Calhoun started 15 games for the Browns over the past two seasons and is a decent addition for a Texans team looking to beef up its secondary. With Aaron Colvin locked in at slot corner, Boddy-Calhoun should primarily compete with Johnathan Joseph and Bradley Roby for playing time on the perimeter in advance of the 2019 season.
With the NFL draft being a little over a month away, some interesting chess moves are starting to materialize now that the league year has officially begun.
The Houston Texans have made a move on the defensive side of the ball to try and sure up their secondary, picking up former Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun. The front seven for Houston was already impressive with the likes of JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.
Having only started eight games last year, Boddy-Calhoun did pick up 56 total tackles and a forced fumble along the way. His rookie season produced three interceptions and 40 combined tackles. If Boddy-Calhoun can return to that ball-hawking form this year, the defense for Houston has that much more potential.
In the AFC South, there are legit starting quarterbacks everywhere you look. Whether it’s Andrew Luck, Nick Foles or Marcus Mariota, there are playmakers all around the division. Beefing up the secondary is just what the Texans need.
The Cleveland Browns will reportedly not tender free agent cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun.
That means the fourth-year player will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 13.
The news was first reported by Mary Kay Cabot at cleveland.com, citing an unnamed league source.
Boddy-Calhoun has spent the past three seasons with the Browns after being claimed off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars just prior to the start of the 2016 season. He has played in 43 games, making 22 starts, and has three interceptions, 132 total tackles and 19 pass breakups.
Once seen as a valuable slot cornerback, Boddy-Calhoun has seen his production drop each season in Cleveland, as his three career interceptions all came as a rookie, while his pass breakups have declined from 11 his rookie year to just two last season.
Boddy-Calhoun finished the 2018 season ranked as the league’s No. 79 ranked cornerback, according to Pro Football Focus, as he posted a grade of 61.9.
In addition to Boddy-Calhoun, the Browns are also facing decisions on cornerbacks E.J. Gaines and Phillip Gaines, who are both unrestricted free agents, as well as cornerback Juston Burris, a restricted free agent.
The Texans’ biggest weakness in 2018 was their cornerbacks. Throw the ball to beat the Houston Texans. This offseason they’ve made it a singular focus to improve this position through free agency despite the talent limitations this class provided. They signed Tashaun Gipson to replace Tyrann Mathieu. They signed Bradley Roby. And today they uh signed Briean Boddy-Calhoun.
Boddy-Calhoun is a free agent after the Browns decided not to tender him to make him a restricted free agent. I don’t know enough to have a BIG opinion here. We will have to watch the film. Come back later for better analysis. Until the next look at this as a spin at the wheel as Houston tries to improve their secondary.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have signed cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun as they continue to add to their secondary.
His signing Friday comes after they signed safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Bradley Roby in recent days after losing Kareem Jackson and Tyrann Mathieu.
Boddy-Calhoun started 21 games in three seasons for the Cleveland Browns. He has 128 career tackles, 19 passes defended and three interceptions.
Terms of the deal weren’t released.