In these days of free agency, financial considerations force coaches into difficult personnel decisions. As a team becomes more successful, its salary structure becomes more top-heavy. The stars must be rewarded in order to retain their services, which means there is less to spend on everyone else.
When the roster needs a bit of a tuneup, you better have enough money in the drawer to pay for the parts. According to Spotrac.com, general manager Rick Smith has around $3.7 million in petty cash to spend on his unsigned draft choices DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Swearinger and Brennan Williams.
Antonio Smith is “open to a contract extension,” which could open up enough space to take care of the rookies. Will there be enough left over to pick up some used parts on the open market?
If the Texans have not already been in touch with the following players, they certainly must be on their radar.