D-Day Is Upon Us
Patrick D. Starr
With the league year on the horizon and the new season set to start on Tuesday (March 13th) at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, the Houston Texans like every team in the NFL will have to have their current roster under the $120.6 million dollar cap figure. Heading into Tuesday, it will be crystal clear on what the Texans' roster will look like and the direction they will look heading into the free agency period and NFL Draft. The Texans' fan base will get some ease to their minds, especially with the soon to be decided future of Mario Williams. Williams' contract future seems to be tied into the future of the next tier of Texans' free agents in Chris Myers, Mike Brisiel and Joel Dresseen, who were ALL important parts of the 2011 season.
The Texans took care of priority #1 of the offseason with signing running back Arian Foster to a new five-year deal to remain in Houston. It feels like the rest of the Texans' free agent signings are contingent on what Williams decides to do, and he has expressed his desire to stay in Houston. Also, he has said money is not a factor in his decision, but with a possible $100 million dollar deal waiting for him when the free agency window hits, it will up to the Texans to give him a fair deal. If not, and he is not signed before the Tuesday deadline, it can be expected he will be on the first plane out of Houston visiting potential suitors. Rumors are floating around that the Texans have been scrambling to keep Williams in Houston, but it will take some restructuring of current contracts like Owen Daniels and DeMeco Ryans' big cap numbers of their current contracts. It has been said, but not confirmed by the Texans, that Andre Johnson has restructured his contract this past week to free up some more cap room for potential moves.
It feels that the contract talks of Myers, Brisiel and Dreessen are in limbo with the Williams' decision looming, and they could ALL be looking for new homes if the Texans find a way to resign Williams. Trust me, we would like all of them back, but with the business of the NFL the reality is that there will be changes. Also, don't be surprised with a cutting of a Jacoby Jones, who could clear $2.5 million off the books for the Texans if he is cut (Cap number according to Lance Zierlein). Also, the veterans like Jason Allen, Derrick Ward, Bryant Johnson and Neil Rackers could be possible players who are not extended offers heading into the offseason.
All of these questions will be answered by the end of the week, but a flurry of news and moves should be coming soon. This will give Texans' fans what they have been waiting for since the heart breaking playoff loss to the Baltimore Raves, the start of the 2012 season.