May 22, 2024

Former Ohio State standout cornerback Jeff Okudah has inked a deal with the Houston Texans, marking his third NFL team since entering the league. Initially selected as a top-five overall pick, Okudah’s journey in the NFL has seen him move to his third team in his first five seasons. The former Ohio State standout has reportedly finalized a contract with the Houston Texans.

As per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Okudah has agreed to a one-year contract with the Texans, potentially worth up to $6 million. Albert Breer, a seasoned NFL reporter, disclosed that Okudah’s deal includes a $1.5 million signing bonus and a base salary of $2.75 million, alongside per-game bonuses of $500,000.

Okudah, drafted third overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, spent his initial three seasons with the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, injuries hindered his performance during his time with the Lions, notably during the COVID-disrupted 2020 season, where he played in only nine games.

Despite his setbacks, Okudah bounced back in 2022 with his most productive season, tallying 59 total tackles, seven passes defended, one interception, and one forced fumble. Ahead of the 2023 season, Okudah was traded to the Atlanta Falcons, where he continued to contribute, registering 44 total tackles and three passes defended in 13 games.

NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah

Okudah’s collegiate career at Ohio State also showcased his potential, despite a slow start in his freshman year, where he primarily featured on special teams. However, he quickly asserted himself as a key player in the Buckeyes’ defensive lineup, earning recognition for his standout performances.

Joining the Texans places Okudah alongside former Ohio State teammates C.J. Stroud and Noah Brown. The Texans, who made a postseason appearance last year for the first time since 2019, will look to leverage Okudah’s talents as they aim for further success in the upcoming NFL season.

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