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Texans still have 50-50 shot at keeping Mario Williams

Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

When the Texans didn’t apply the franchise tag last Monday to linebacker Mario Williams, many assumed that the first pick in the 2006 draft would soon be picking his next team. While that may indeed be the case, the Texans aren’t out of the hunt to keep Williams, yet.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, as of right now, there’s a 50-50 chance that Williams will remain with the Texans.

The next 24 hours will give a more clear picture. Within 24 hours or so after that, Williams will be free to leave.

It would have cost the Texans a whopping $22 million in 2012 to keep Williams around under the franchise tag. It could cost twice that amount, maybe more, in guaranteed money to sign him to a long-term deal.

The bigger question for the Texans is whether Williams is a luxury the team can afford. The Texans’ new 3-4 defense performed well after Williams was lost for the season in Week Five. The money needed to keep Williams arguably would be better spent elsewhere.

With passing offenses taking over the league, the pendulum will swing to cornerbacks and defensive ends. Some 4-3 team that has to contend twice per season with a 4,000-yard (or, as the case may be, 5,000-yard) quarterback could see Williams as the way to hold those numbers down.

Then there’s the fact that a team may be willing to overspend on Williams in order to generate the kind of offseason buzz that sells tickets and jerseys and hats and draws attention in the home market and nationally. That’s a premium that a franchise committed to building a long-term contender may not want to pay.

So while the Texans still have a good chance to keep him, chances are that he’ll be holding up come Tuesday night or Wednesday a new jersey, in a new city.

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this is my greatest fear......I think the Texans have an advantage in this - probably Mario will give Texans the right to match any deal - i mean heck, Texans already are one of the best teams.....cannot say I would blame him - but I believe if he gets to open market the Falcons have as good a shot at him as anyone.

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I know you'll be heart broken if we don't even get a chance to lure him to the ATL.

yeah, I would - but would move on.....out of my control....

hope Mario is still un-signed come 4pm Tuesday - hope Falcons at least get a chance to make their pitch.

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The Texans a not trying to keep MW IMO.They are just playing with the idea of trying to make the fans feel that they are doing everything in their power to keep him s if he leaves it will be that he wanted more money than he said he did making it look like he is the reason he wants to go and that they want look stupid for letting a #1 draft pick walk without making an attempt to keep him.

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According to a lot of people around here the Texans aren't even talking to him and that's a huge red flag! Rofl...

I don't think that is true Julio.....the Texans GM said trying to retain Mario Williams was one of their biggest goals. I believe Texans will see if they can get Mario to take an "under-market" deal of probably like $13million/yr. More than likely, he and his agent will want more - if Texans offer $15mil/yr for 7 years, then I believe Mario will get signed in the next 36 hours - otherwise, I think he hits free agency.

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He's not going to come cheap. Some team is going to offer him the world, and it won't necessarily be the Falcons. Teams like the Cowboys, Patriots, and Bears have a lot of cap room and a need for a pass rusher.

Why would these teams be after Mario?

Cowboys - already have #1 pass rusher in NFL in DeMarcus Ware and just franchised Anthony Spencer the other OLB- desperately need OLs and CBs

Bears - already have Julius Peppers and desperate need on offensive line and wide receiver

What am I missing here?

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He's not going to come cheap. Some team is going to offer him the world, and it won't necessarily be the Falcons. Teams like the Cowboys, Patriots, and Bears have a lot of cap room and a need for a pass rusher.

The team you mentioned have other needs and they would only be flirting with the idea of getting him nothing else. The patriots want even go that far to doing that the Cowboys will flirt with it just like they did Asamagha and the Bears have receiver issues and need to get that resolved.

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According to a lot of people around here the Texans aren't even talking to him and that's a huge red flag! Rofl...

I don't think anyone is saying that, or at least I haven't seen anyone say that. What I have been saying, and other, is that they're not doing everything they can to keep a supposedly elite, world beating DE by making cuts to free up cap space or prioritizing re-signing him. Instead, they seem comfortable with the though of him leaving, prioritized re-signing their RFA RB, and are essentially taking the approach the Falcons made with Lofton... They would like to keep him but they're not willing to overpay for him. In essence, they recognize that he's a good player but he is not elite and are thus unwilling to give him an elite caliber contract.

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Why would these teams be after Mario?

Cowboys - already have #1 pass rusher in NFL in DeMarcus Ware and just franchised Anthony Spencer the other OLB- desperately need OLs and CBs

Bears - already have Julius Peppers and desperate need on offensive line and wide receiver

What am I missing here?

I'm glad I'm not the only one that was wondering that....

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I don't think anyone is saying that, or at least I haven't seen anyone say that. What I have been saying, and other, is that they're not doing everything they can to keep a supposedly elite, world beating DE by making cuts to free up cap space or prioritizing re-signing him. Instead, they seem comfortable with the though of him leaving, prioritized re-signing their RFA RB, and are essentially taking the approach the Falcons made with Lofton... They would like to keep him but they're not willing to overpay for him. In essence, they recognize that he's a good player but he is not elite and are thus unwilling to give him an elite caliber contract.

I haven't decided whether the Falcons should sign him (due to huge contract) or not, but I think it's very possible the Texans consider him an elite 4-3 DE, but realize he is ill suited to a 3-4. Similarly, they've had a lot of guys step up on their defense. At some point if you have a lot of top players at the same position, you choose to let the best/highest paid one leave so you can redeploy assets. It's stupid if you don't have other strength at the position, but smart if you do. As an example, even though RB by committee is en vogue, if your 2nd RB turns out to be great, you aren't going to be able to keep him when FA rolls around, especially if you have confidence in your 3rd and 4th guys. Same is true of your 1 RB, if your 2,3, and 4 are showing out.

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I don't know about that. Arain Foster had to give a home town discount in order for the Texans to get his deal done. They still have to work out a deal for Schaub who is slated to be a FA next year. I don't see the Texans allowing him to walk and they still need to sign their starting center Chris Meyer.

I think the chance is better that another team signs Mario besides us than the Texans re-signing him. As one poster already stated I think it's a PR move to show their fanbase that they tried.

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The Texans as above have alot of big decisions to make resigning MW could well have repurcussions on the resigning of guys like Schaub and Barwin next year who especailly the latter have outplayed his current contract and will also get paid next year and that to they have to have there eye on.So really its not so much this year the Texans are worried about I think its next year.Schaub is going to want in excess of 10 mill per and a pass rushing OLBer will also cost them in the 6-9 mill range so this is what there FO has to decide to mortgage there QB and a specialist 34 OLBing pass rusher or let MW walk its a tough one for me.

If I'm the texans I do my damndest to hold onto MW becasue with him I believe they will be SB contenders in that 34 defense with Wade Philips winning for them is now and I just don't let my best defensive player walkout the door.

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The Texans don't really need Mario Williams, because of Conner Barwin. Barwin is younger, hasn't been injured, and is beast too.

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Texans still have 50-50 shot at keeping Mario Williams

Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

When the Texans didn’t apply the franchise tag last Monday to linebacker Mario Williams, many assumed that the first pick in the 2006 draft would soon be picking his next team. While that may indeed be the case, the Texans aren’t out of the hunt to keep Williams, yet.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, as of right now, there’s a 50-50 chance that Williams will remain with the Texans.

The next 24 hours will give a more clear picture. Within 24 hours or so after that, Williams will be free to leave.

It would have cost the Texans a whopping $22 million in 2012 to keep Williams around under the franchise tag. It could cost twice that amount, maybe more, in guaranteed money to sign him to a long-term deal.

The bigger question for the Texans is whether Williams is a luxury the team can afford. The Texans’ new 3-4 defense performed well after Williams was lost for the season in Week Five. The money needed to keep Williams arguably would be better spent elsewhere.

With passing offenses taking over the league, the pendulum will swing to cornerbacks and defensive ends. Some 4-3 team that has to contend twice per season with a 4,000-yard (or, as the case may be, 5,000-yard) quarterback could see Williams as the way to hold those numbers down.

Then there’s the fact that a team may be willing to overspend on Williams in order to generate the kind of offseason buzz that sells tickets and jerseys and hats and draws attention in the home market and nationally. That’s a premium that a franchise committed to building a long-term contender may not want to pay.

So while the Texans still have a good chance to keep him, chances are that he’ll be holding up come Tuesday night or Wednesday a new jersey, in a new city.

Both of those sound like things the Falcons could use him for.

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Texans still have 50-50 shot at keeping Mario Williams

Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

When the Texans didn’t apply the franchise tag last Monday to linebacker Mario Williams, many assumed that the first pick in the 2006 draft would soon be picking his next team. While that may indeed be the case, the Texans aren’t out of the hunt to keep Williams, yet.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, as of right now, there’s a 50-50 chance that Williams will remain with the Texans.

The next 24 hours will give a more clear picture. Within 24 hours or so after that, Williams will be free to leave.

It would have cost the Texans a whopping $22 million in 2012 to keep Williams around under the franchise tag. It could cost twice that amount, maybe more, in guaranteed money to sign him to a long-term deal.

The bigger question for the Texans is whether Williams is a luxury the team can afford. The Texans’ new 3-4 defense performed well after Williams was lost for the season in Week Five. The money needed to keep Williams arguably would be better spent elsewhere.

With passing offenses taking over the league, the pendulum will swing to cornerbacks and defensive ends. Some 4-3 team that has to contend twice per season with a 4,000-yard (or, as the case may be, 5,000-yard) quarterback could see Williams as the way to hold those numbers down.

Then there’s the fact that a team may be willing to overspend on Williams in order to generate the kind of offseason buzz that sells tickets and jerseys and hats and draws attention in the home market and nationally. That’s a premium that a franchise committed to building a long-term contender may not want to pay.

So while the Texans still have a good chance to keep him, chances are that he’ll be holding up come Tuesday night or Wednesday a new jersey, in a new city.

I hope the Falcons make the mistake and let Abraham walk, and Williams resign with TEXANSlaugh.png

Maybe Arthur will fire TD and Smith and put this organization out of its misery. TD is NOT a smart GM. How many more mistakes does he half to make. I am not confident in TD or Smith ability to take this team to the next level.

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I hope the Falcons make the mistake and let Abraham walk, and Williams resign with TEXANSlaugh.png

Maybe Arthur will fire TD and Smith and put this organization out of its misery. TD is NOT a smart GM. How many more mistakes does he half to make. I am not confident in TD or Smith ability to take this team to the next level.

Your not even a fan so why the h3ll do you even care? Go away.

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