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As much as fans like to see their team make big splashes in free agency, it just doesn't pay in today's NFL. Just look at the Washington Redskins over the last decade. The Texans, too, have been burned by overpaying to try to make a quick fix.
Most recently, the Texans threw ridiculous money at defensive end Antonio Smith. Smith is currently finishing up the second year of a five-year, $35 million contract. At the time, the Texans were desperately looking to find a way to improve their pass rush. And back then, Mario Williams was still struggling with consistency and the franchise had just whiffed on the draft pick of Amobi Okoye at defensive tackle.
The move was just all wrong from the beginning. Smith was, and is not, a game-changing pass rusher. In fact, he plays the run better than the pass.
Second, he was a 3-4 end with Arizona. Not only was Smith being asked to do more than he had ever done, he was expected to do it in a new system.
Stories like this are what will likely keep the Texans from throwing big money at a splashy free agent like Champ Bailey or Haloti Ngata, even though their positions of cornerback and defensive tackle, respectively, are huge needs.