Today David Dalati, Fox Sports Houston, came out with an article on the "potential" problem fixing to come to light for the Texans by the season's end, Mario Williams' contract. It is reported in Dalati's article that the franchise tag would not be an option for the Texans front office, because it would beover $21 million dollars to keep him in a Texans uniform for the 2012 season.
With so much success happening in the city of Houston the thought of contract negotiating seem far off, but this gives us something to talk about is Mario Williams worth over $21 million dollars for one season. At age 26, the two time Pro-Bowler is entering the prime of his career and is ready to break the bank.
Here are some options for the Texans to tackle this upcoming issue.
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1. Sign Mario to a long term contract- Currently ranked 26th on the active sack list with 53, Williams is the most prolific sack master in Texans history. This all depends if Williams wants to return to Houston, and to make matters more interesting was his change to the outside linebacker position. He was on a torrid pace in the sack category with 5 in 5 games before he tore his pectoral muscle against the Oakland Raiders. If the Texans can sign him a solid deal that won't break the bank, they need to make it happen.
2. Use the Money to Tie Up Other Texans- With Arian Foster, Chris Myers, Neil Rackers and Joel Dreessen all up for extensions, the Texans could use the money that will be needed to bring back Williams on tying up some important pieces in the Texans offense. Foster and Myers are on the top of the off season priority list, and probably Dreessen too with his recent play. With so many important players on the short list to keep as Texans, Williams contract could prove to be a hindereance in other resignings.
3. Sign and Trade- The Texans could possibly work out a deal with a team in the NFC to keep him out of the AFC so they wouldn't have to face him on a regular basis. A play making wide receiver or an up and coming nose tackle could be sent to the Texans with a draft pick. A talent like Williams does not come around often and there will be 31 other NFL teams who would like him on their team. His ability to play standing up like an outside linebacker in the 3-4 or with his hand in the ground as a 4-3 defensive end will up his stock across the NFL.
What ever the options may be, rest assured the Texans will not let him walk or get away without getting something in return. General Manager Rick Smith has picked up his credibility as a G.M. this past season with the splashes he made with Johnathan Joseph, Danieal Manning and the draft. This situation could be monumental to which direction the franchise is headed. Let's hope for the frachise's sake the right one is made.