Mario Williams as a Tennessee Titan seems slightly less far-fetched these days…

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So the more I look into things, the more I feel there is absolutely no way the Texans end up signing Williams. As of last season, Houston was only $900,000 under the salary cap. Granted, Williams was in the final year of his contract, which all of us who have ever played Franchise mode in Madden know is typically the highest paid year, and the inital year on his next contract could lower that cap number by about $5 million or so, but there’s a rather large problem despite that: Arian Foster is set to be a free agent.

Even though teams these days are reluctant to hand over giant contracts to running backs, Arian Foster isn’t just another running back. The Texans survived a slew of key injuries to franchise stars like Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub, and Williams himself without too much of a hit on team performance. However, during games that Foster was out, the offense seemed to completely fall apart at the seams. Given the fact that they also have the contract for Pro Bowl center Chris Meyers to worry about, and how much Houston values their offensive line (which they should; they’re a standout unit), I just don’t see them making the cuts necessary to re-sign Super Mario.

Assuming that he hits the free agent market, acquiring his services would go a long way, in that with our defensive line taken care of, we could turn our attention to S Mark Barron, WR Michael Floyd, WR Alshon Jeffery, or C Peter Konz in the first round, and suddenly the future is looking very bright in Nashville.

What do you think? Should we break the bank for Super Mario?

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  • mrr_martin

    Your number is wrong – Texans had over $2M of cap space last year. Plus some contracts will likely drop off or be restructured – Leinart, Jones, Daniels, Winston, etc. Foster will be signed long term but he wants to be in Houston and he knows the ZBS is best suited to him and nobody is running it better than Houston. He’ll agree to a fair but reasonable contract, with performance bonuses. Houston FO knows that Mario is good long-term value and will take care of him with bonus money and money guaranteed when the TV contracts hit in the middle of his contract and another backloaded balloon payment so his agent looks good. Mario WILL NOT be a Titan. You can bank on that

  • Titans_Walker

    @Titan_Sized pay through the nose for Mario!!

  • Shawn Quinn

    Super Mario needs to be a TITAN

  • mrr_martin

    Your number is wrong – Texans had over $2M of cap space last year. Plus some contracts will likely drop off or be restructured – Leinart, Jones, Daniels, Winston, etc. Foster will be signed long term but he wants to be in Houston and he knows the ZBS is best suited to him and nobody is running it better than Houston. He’ll agree to a fair but reasonable contract, with performance bonuses. Houston FO knows that Mario is good long-term value and will take care of him with bonus money and money guaranteed when the TV contracts hit in the middle of his contract and another backloaded balloon payment so his agent looks good. Mario WILL NOT be a Titan. You can bank on that

  • Titans_Walker

    @Titan_Sized pay through the nose for Mario!!

  • Shawn Quinn

    Super Mario needs to be a TITAN

  • JasonPeters

    @mrr_martin Thanks for the correction on cap space. Firstly, I’m not so sure that the restructuring of contracts for those players gives Houston money for Meyers, Williams, and Foster. I know you’re paying handsomely for Andre Johnson, and I could see him maybe restructuring to save a couple mil, but Meyers is going to get paid well, and from what I’ve seen of Arian Foster, I’m not so certain he’s going to do much in the way of a hometown discount. Williams may, but don;t forget that J.J. Watt is playing on a rookie contract that is going to have to be visited in no more than two seasons. Even if you can afford Mario now, it may be at the expense of Watt down the road, and I think the front office will be looking at that as well. Thanks for checking us out. Let the bidding begin!

  • JasonPeters

    @mrr_martin Thanks for the correction on cap space. Firstly, I’m not so sure that the restructuring of contracts for those players gives Houston money for Meyers, Williams, and Foster. I know you’re paying handsomely for Andre Johnson, and I could see him maybe restructuring to save a couple mil, but Meyers is going to get paid well, and from what I’ve seen of Arian Foster, I’m not so certain he’s going to do much in the way of a hometown discount. Williams may, but don;t forget that J.J. Watt is playing on a rookie contract that is going to have to be visited in no more than two seasons. Even if you can afford Mario now, it may be at the expense of Watt down the road, and I think the front office will be looking at that as well. Thanks for checking us out. Let the bidding begin!

  • David Matthew Melville

    I agree the Texans have a choice. Foster is a no brainer for the franchise tag so either they break the bank for Williams who quite honestly is replaceable because they have Barwin and a slew of talented defensive players or keep a center who is vital to their offensive line success. Still even if they decide to let him go I do not see him coming to the Titans unless the Titans overpay something that would be very unlikely based on our recent history.

  • David Matthew Melville

    I agree the Texans have a choice. Foster is a no brainer for the franchise tag so either they break the bank for Williams who quite honestly is replaceable because they have Barwin and a slew of talented defensive players or keep a center who is vital to their offensive line success. Still even if they decide to let him go I do not see him coming to the Titans unless the Titans overpay something that would be very unlikely based on our recent history.

  • petrov_z

    What about the possibility of the Texans doing the same thing the Chiefs did with Jared Allen? Franchise and then trade. The Chiefs got a first round and a (maybe two) third round picks. Then the Titans would most likely sign him long term.

  • JasonPeters

    @petrov_z That’s certainly a possibility, but there are two things that come to mind regarding this. The first is that, while it can be done, Texans FO would have to hustle like crazy because they are most likely going to have to use the tag on Foster, and teams can only have one guy franchised at a time. Also, to be honest, it would be smart for the Texans to approach it that way, but if they do, there is no way they trade Mario within the division in his prime.

  • petrov_z

    What about the possibility of the Texans doing the same thing the Chiefs did with Jared Allen? Franchise and then trade. The Chiefs got a first round and a (maybe two) third round picks. Then the Titans would most likely sign him long term.

  • JasonPeters

    @petrov_z That’s certainly a possibility, but there are two things that come to mind regarding this. The first is that, while it can be done, Texans FO would have to hustle like crazy because they are most likely going to have to use the tag on Foster, and teams can only have one guy franchised at a time. Also, to be honest, it would be smart for the Texans to approach it that way, but if they do, there is no way they trade Mario within the division in his prime.