The back end of the Texans secondary is in rough shape. This is not a secret to anyone. One of the few bright spots in the back is fourth year safety Andre Hal. Hal has quietly become a productive player for the Houston Texans. Now Hal is in his final year of his four year rookie deal and the Texans have a decision to make.
An extension for Hal has not been signed yet and the Texans would be wise to do so. The back end of the secondary is in disarray. Considering the other players who reside at the back of the secondary are less than stellar, it is wise for the Texans to lock up Hal now. Players such as K.J. Dillon, Eddie Pleasant, Corey Moore and Malik Smith are the others who the Texans are counting on to step up.
Hal has been able to produce for a unit that now lacks memorable names at the back. His former teammate Quintin Demps is now in Chicago. The fact that Hal is the best safety on the roster means the Texans need to sign him to a contract extension now. They can not afford to lose another quality safety in free agency.
Hal has improved each season since coming into the NFL. While his numbers do not necessary reflect it in the pass deflections and interception department. He has grown as a tackler and a player who can help others with tackle assists. Ensuring a player actually goes down with a tackle assist is just as valuable as a solo tackle.
Only 25 years old entering this season, Hal is a young quality safety. Young playmakers are hard to come by in today’s NFL and when a team finds one they rarely get away. This applies more to the defensive side of the ball. This is due to the increase in the passing game in today’s NFL compared to year’s past. The Texans need to extend Hal before it is too late.