By Alex Del Barrio

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – With AJ Bouye bolting in free agency for the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars, the Texans are seeking his replacement in a depleted secondary that also lost safety Quintin Demps.

With New England’s signing of free agent corner Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots have been looking to find a home for restricted free agent Malcolm Butler.

New England has placed a first round tender on Butler and would be due a first round pick if another team signs him to an offer sheet and the Patriots decline to match. Butler was rumored to be heading to the Saints in a trade for wideout Brandin Cooks, but he was ultimately acquired without Butler in the deal.

Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports is reporting on Tuesday that the Texans are willing to part with their second round pick in this year’s draft (57th overall) if Butler is inked to a long-term deal.

Should Butler sign his first round tender he would be due $3.91 million dollars. He could still sign a longer extension if a team acquires him via trade. The Saints are still the favorites to land Butler.

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio


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