UPDATE: In addition to earlier news that Anderson signed with Denver, Amobi Okoye has signed with the Chicago Bears.
The tough cuts had to come at some point, and today – they came.
I know, I know – Amobi Okoye was a bust. He was. I can’t deny it… plus he really had no natural home in the 3-4. After the free agent moves, the Texans had to cut SOME salary, so Okoye and Anderson were the first ones to go, along with Dan Orlovsky.
I remember watching Amobi work at open practices. I was literally standing three feet away from him (as you can see from the picture I snapped). He worked as hard as anyone at those practices, and I watched/listened intently as Antonio Smith talked technique with him, and tried to help him along. Amobi’s arms were scary-huge. Just looking at him, it’s hard to believe that he got moved off the point of attack like he did sometimes. Still, he’s always been a good guy, and has done a ton for the community, as well as over in Africa. But hey, his time had come. As much as I was curious to see what he could do under a real defensive coordinator, he did have every opportunity to succeed.
Anderson, who is already headed to the Denver Broncos, is a character. One of the few real personalities on the team (that we know of, anyway). His amusing videos, the string dance, his interviews on 1560 The Game, his reliable hands… he’ll be missed, but for the money he was making, he just didn’t see the field enough. He may excel as a slot receiver for the Broncos, given the chance. He just wasn’t going to get the chance here. I was surprised the Texans matched the RFA tender the Broncos extended to him previously, but now they have their man. The Texans do have a couple of potentially-exciting receiving prospects on the roster, and maybe it’s time to push those guys.
I wish Okoye and Anderson well. With Anderson off to Denver, we’ll have to see where Okoye lands. He’s only 24, and I don’t think it will be long before he hooks on somewhere. Allegedly, the Broncos are interested in him as well. The Denver/Houston pipeline lives… just, in reverse.