Raiders Host A.J. Bouye On Visit

A.J. Bouye‘s free agency tour is underway. On Monday, the veteran cornerback traveled to Las Vegas to meet with the Raiders, as Mike Klis of 9News tweets

Between his shoulder injury and PED suspension, Bouye was limited to just seven games last year after coming over from the Jaguars. The cornerback has two games to go on his ban, so he won’t be able to suit up for his next team until Week 3.

Bouye went from a UDFA in 2013 to one of the league’s highest paid defensive backs. After some solid seasons with the Texans, he scored a five-year, $67.5MM deal from the Jaguars in 2017. Unfortunately, Bouye didn’t live up to expectations in the long run — to be fair, most of the Jaguars’ defensive players were lackluster during that stretch. The Broncos agreed to take him on last year, in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

Bouye did impress in his first Jacksonville season, earning second-team All-Pro honors with six interceptions. There’s reason to believe that Bouye could pan out on a low-cost deal, especially since he’s still only 29, but he won’t get that chance in Denver.

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4 comments on “Raiders Host A.J. Bouye On Visit

  1. MileHighFan

    Bouye lost his job to a rookie drafted in the third round. That should be enough to tell you that he is “just a guy”.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Every team has a dozen or more “just a guy” players on the roster to fill out the depth chart. These free agents are generally affordable and occasionally provide great value. It costs a team nothing to kick the tires.

    • Ak185

      Bouye is not who he once was, but he was better in Jacksonville than the article suggests, so I’m not against the idea to acquire him last year, but it obviously didn’t work out. He also didn’t truly lose the job so much as missed so much time that he never really had it to begin with. Ojemudia had some good flashes, but Denver’s corners as a group did not produce as they should due to the injuries and missed time across the board. Callahan played way too much outside, Ojemudia had to play too much number one, and Dawson ended up starting more games than anticipated. Overall, Denver’s defense played as well as one could have asked given the circumstances, but Bouye and Casey were not surprising cuts. We didn’t see much from either, so they could still have something left, but they didn’t get on track last year either.

      I don’t think that he has too much more at this point in his career, but a low cost short deal somewhere as a second or third corner should give him a good chance to contribute.

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