NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- To help fix teams in the usually weak AFC South, teams in the division are turning partially to … other teams in the usually weak AFC South.
The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Houston Texans outside linebacker John Simon and former Tennessee Titans nose tackle Al Woods. The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye. And the Titans signed former Jaguars strong safety Johnathan Cyprien.
It’s hardly the first time we’ve seen a lot of cross-pollination in the division.
The Titans have brought in Colts such as David Thornton, Jake Scott, Nick Harper, Hakeem Nicks and Corey Simon. The traffic in the other direction included Matt Hasselbeck, Bo Schobel, Rocky Boiman and even Kerry Collins. Sen’Derrick Marks went from Tennessee to Jacksonville. Andre Johnson spent time in Indianapolis and Nashville after he was done in Houston.
We shouldn’t dismiss the talent pool for cross-over opportunity. Bouye was quite good last year, and getting him while taking him away from the defending division champ is a big move for the Jaguars. Cyprien is the kind of guy who could blossom in a new setting and system. Simon was a key piece of a very good defense.
Also, while our vantage point makes team-hopping in the AFC South look especially frequent, it happens elsewhere plenty, too.
The Patriots got great work in 2016 out of receiver Chris Hogan, whom they signed away from the Bills, and expect the same from cornerback Stephon Gilmore. A pretty good cornerback, Darrelle Revis bounced from the Jets to the Bucs to the Patriots and back to the Jets again.