The Houston Texans, Free Agency, and Some Random Thoughts!

Bill StellContributor IMarch 24, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 21:  Owen Daniels #81 and Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans look on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game on December 21, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Going into free agency, the Texans were in need of help all over the defensive side of the ball from starters to backups and some depth on the offensive side as well. 

Key signings and releases include:

  • DE Antonio Smith from Arizona for $35.5 million over five years with $12.5 million in guaranteed money.  If he plays up to expectations, then we may finally have a pass rush.
  • QB Dan Orlovsky from Detroit for $9.15 million over three yrs with a $2.5 million signing bonus.  I know everyone has seen the tape by now, but he should be a serviceable backup and maybe a starter in a few years.

The Texans have released the following players:

  • S C.C. Brown to the G-Men and good luck to him.
  • S Will Demps
  • RB Ahman Green (whose career may be over at his age).
  • LB Marlon Greenwood
  • QB Sage Rosenfels to the Vikings where he will finally get to compete for the starting job.
  • OT Ephraim Salaam
  • DE Anthony Weaver who failed the physical

The Texans have tendered offers to the following free agents:

  • T Rashad Butler was tendered a $1.01 million contract.  He should be back and compete for a backup spot on the Offensive line.
  • TE Owen Daniels was tendered a $2.792 million contract.  He just finished his first Pro Bowl and will be back.  The Texans should not let anyone sign him out from under them.  Daniels is a top flight TE and is a perfect fit for the Texans offense.
  • CB Dunta Robinson was named franchise player and tendered a $9.957 million contract.  Despite all of the talk about how unhappy he was with the way the team handled his contract negotiations, he will be back, and if he stays healthy, be a threat at corner.

Breaking news:  John Clayton and ESPN reported yesterday that the Texans have signed DT Shaun Cody, recently with Detroit.  Cody is 6’4” and 310 lbs. with 91 career tackles, 36 last year.  He only has 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble (in his rookie season). 

If true, this signing will give Bill Kollar and Frank Bush another option besides the developing Frank Okam and Travis Johnson.  With this acquisition, the Texans have plugged two of the biggest holes in their defense.

And now for other news and some random thoughts. 

The Cowboys still don’t have a corporation willing to pay for naming rights to their $1.1 BILLION stadium—go figure.

There will be no SILVER BOOT championship game this year, due to scheduling conflicts.  For those of you who are not Texan/Cowboy fans (is there such a thing?), this is the game between the two Texas teams for bragging rights.  Oh well, maybe next year.

The league is finally going to penalize offensive players for blind side blocks to the head of defenders. It’s about time since defenders have been penalized for this for years now.

Albert Haynesworth signed a HUGE deal with the Redskins worth approximately $100 million.  Is any player, much less a defensive player, really worth this amount of money?

In my humble opinion, no player, unless he single handily wins every game, is worth that amount of money.  If he doesn’t get at least four sacks and 25 tackles per game for all 16 games for every season that he is under contract, he will go down as the worst free agent signing to date, if not in history. 

This is part of the reason ticket prices are so high; regular people have to save up for a month to buy two.

We are now updated on the Texans until the draft.  I don’t see any more major signings between now and then, since most if not all of the league is now working up their wish lists for the draft.  Until then...