JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jaguars will lose their incumbent starting nickel cornerback this week.
Cornerback Aaron Colvin agreed to a four-year deal with the Houston Texans on Tuesday, a league source confirmed to First Coast News. ESPN was the first outlet to report the contract agreement.
The Jaguars attempted to re-sign Colvin before the cornerback reached a deal with their AFC South rivals. The league source said Colvin cut down his list of bidders to four teams with the Jaguars and the Texans being among the finalists.
Ultimately, the deal and the opportunities in Houston persuaded Colvin to sign with the Texans, the source said.
The deal is worth $34 million with $18 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo.
Colvin joined the Jaguars as a fourth-round pick of the franchise in 2014. The Oklahoma alum has played 48 games for the Jaguars, producing 167 tackles, five sacks and 14 pass breakups.
He led all defensive backs with four sacks in 2015.
Colvin was part of the Jaguars' talented cornerback trio that also featured All-Pros Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye last season. The Jaguars were the top passing defense in the league this past season largely due to the performances of Ramsey, Bouye and Colvin.
With Colvin headed elsewhere, the Jaguars will need to replace him. The internal options include journeyman Tyler Patmon and second-year defensive back Jalen Myrick. The team could also look to add defensive back talent in the NFL Draft in April.
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