Texans brings back CB Desmond King on 1-year deal: Report

With multiple defensive backs entering free agency, the Houston Texans retained one of its key defensive backs from a year ago.

Cornerback and return man Desmond King inked a one-year, $1.8 million deal to return to Houston, according to KPRC’s 2 Aaron Wilson. The deal has a maximum value of $2.2 million.

King, 29, started the 2023 season in Pittsburgh and played three games for the Steelers. Houston signed King to the practice squad and added him to the active roster ahead of its Nov. 26 matchup against Jacksonville

He previously played for two years with the Texans before the veteran corner was a surprise preseason cut by Houston ahead of this past season. In 2023, King had 47 tackles and two passes defensed. During his first two years with Houston, King started 25 games and had five interceptions.

King was one of the Texans’ primary punt returners, attempting eight returns for 101 yards. Before Houston, he played four seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers, earning a first-team All-Pro selection in 2018. 

He’s one of the Texans’ re-signings from this past year’s AFC South championship team. Houston retained tight end Dalton Schultz, kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, and additional defensive back help in Eric Murray

Story originally appeared on Texans Wire