Former Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves released by Houston Texans
Former Florida standout Vernon Hargreaves is once again looking for a new professional team. The Houston Texans officially released Hargreaves on Friday. Releasing Hargreaves means the Texans won’t have to pay the defensive back the $10 million he would be owed after Tampa Bay previously picked up the fifth-year option.
Hargreaves’ NFL struggles have comes as a surprise to many. As a class of 2013 recruit, Hargreaves was rated the No. 3 overall prospect in the class on the 247Sports Composite. In his UF career, Hargreaves was a two-time First-team All-American (2014-15) and three-time First-team All-SEC selection (2013-15). After opting to skip his senior season, Hargreaves was selected No. 11 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Wharton product’s return to Tampa lasted less than four full seasons as the Bucs waived Hargreaves, who had started all 9 games of the season for the team to that point, on Nov. 12, 2019.
For his NFL career, Hargreaves has played in 41 games, starting 35 (including all 16 games of his rookie season). He has logged 186 total tackles, two interceptions, including a pick-six, along with 19 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
It’s unclear what’s next for Hargreaves, who turns 25 in June. As a free-agent, Hargreaves can be picked up for a lower price tag if teams are interested in his services.