Contract Talk: Neil Rackers
Patrick D. Starr
In this series we are going to look at the potential free agents of the Houston Texans, and figure out if they work into the plans for the coming years….
Considered a savior of some short Neil Rackers was signed to replace the much maligned Kris Brown in 2010 to help shore up an embarrassing kicking game. He actually had a kicking "competition" when he arrived in 2010 with Brown, but the writing was on the wall with Rackers coming in.
Rackers actually has been a good kicker for the Texans in two years here, despite only being the second kicker in Texans franchise history. With that said he was 59-68 in field goal attempts and 82-83 in extra point attempts, he was pretty good field goal kicker with the exception between 40-49 yards where he was 9-15. In Houston, he had his highest percentage of his 12 year career, and even provided some good kickoffs after rookie Brett Hartmann went down with and ACL injury.
Making 2 million plus in 2011, makes another interesting decision for the Texans front office. Do the Texans do what they did with punter Matt Turk before they brought him back, replace him with a younger stronger leg and a cheaper rate? Or do they reward Rackers for making the kicking game consistent? Hartmann came at a discounted rate and provided some youth for the Texans and the team has a chance to make the same move with the 35-year-old Rackers.
Chance Returning to Houston: Should be offered contract to return, but at a discounted rate. $2 million is steep, considering who needs to be paid for the Texans. If he doesn't accept, younger and cheaper options will be available.
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