John McClain went on the radio this morning and said that there’s no way the Texans can sign Nnamdi Asomugha or a top free agent because of the team’s cap situation.
First of all, consider the source. McClain is certainly well-connected and often has the inside scoop… but cap talk is not his area of expertise. It’s not mine either, but I’m good at stuff like… thinking and reasoning.
We don’t yet know what the new salary cap will be. Some have said $120 million. Some have said $127 million. Some have said that the salary floor is actually going to be $120 million. Hopefully by the end of the week some more light will be shed on the issue.
What we do know, is that despite ridiculous, uninformed claims that Bob McNair is cheap, the Texans are at or just below the salary cap every season. It appears this will be no different when a cap is reinstated for 2011. Should the Texans want to sign one of the top-tier free agents, presumably a cornerback, they’re going to have to cut some salary fat. Who are some prime veteran candidates who the Texans may look to cut loose (or take a pay cut) in order to bring in a big name free agent?
QB Dan Orlovsky
Matt Leinart isn’t likely to return, and T.J. Yates is just a rookie, so the Texans are probably still going to need the services of a veteran quarterback. Orlovsky has the size, he knows the system, and he’s been under Gary Kubiak’s tutelage for a while now. So even though fans may clamor for the team to cut him, if the Texans are smart they will actually CUT HIM THE SECOND THE LOCKOUT IS OVER BECAUSE HE IS GARBAGE.
DE? NT? Amobi Okoye
I’m curious to see what Amobi can do under Wade Phillips, but in the end I just think he’s going to get eaten alive in the 3-4. I don’t see him as a good fit at either defensive line position, but his youth and talent certainly remain intriguing to me. I know, he’s had more than enough chances, but for me – I’d give him one more. By one more, I mean, you know, through training camp and preseason. By then, I think I’ll have seen enough, even if he’s only had a short time to work with Wade. Amobi’s not as awful as a lot of people say he is, but for what he makes, and the fact that we just need to get more out of the D-line period – his time in Houston is drawing to a close. But he’s still young, dammit! (While I honestly do think there’s something to that, it doesn’t mean the team should (continue to) wait.
RB Steve Slaton
Another lock to be gone, like Orlovsky. I’d still like to see Gary Kubiak do something with him as a receiver coming out of the backfield, or lining up in the slot – he just has too much ability in the open field, but since he proved an inept return man last year, it would be a waste of a roster spot to keep him around for the kind of role I’m talking about. He’s slated to make over a million in 2011, but not much more. Damn, Stevie Wonder. Where did it all go wrong?
Now for some ridiculous names
Seems to be sliding back, but is always talked about being on the verge of a Pro Bowl. No way he’d take a pay cut.
With such depth at the position, he’d be a prime candidate to take a pay cut. What’s that? He just signed a new contract?
The Texans have Arian Foster, and Ben Tate is back. They could add another veteran on the cheap. Ward could be a cap casualty, or they could ask him to – what’s that? The Texans signed him to a one-year deal for almost two million? Uh, whoa… really?
*Beats head against the wall repeatedly*