I’m a really classy guy. Mainly because I sit behind the comfort of a laptop and deride others whenever possible – especially if those others are anyone associated with the Tennessee Titans, or Jason Babin.
So today, when word came down that Peyton Manning put his middle finger in Bud Adams’ face and said “no thanks, I don’t want to join your meth-riddled band of barefoot, banjo-picking hillbillies because they and you are garbage,” I was quite happy.
I still have absolutely no doubt that Mario Williams would be a Titan right now if not for Bud Adams meddling in the affairs of his football people. That said I can’t blame him for trying. Going in to the Peyton chase, Bud and his pile of sh*t team had two things going for it. First, they were in Tennessee, where for some reason it was thought Peyton Manning would want to return after suffering there during college. Second, the Titans are in the AFC South, where Peyton would have a chance to stick a football up the Colts’ collective rear end twice a year for the next few years.
Yet – despite ALL those advantages PLUS the alleged “percentage of ownership” deal that Bud was offering, PLUS the fact that Bud was willing to pay him more than anyone else – Peyton Manning STILL chose to go elsewhere. What does that say about Bud Adams? Or the Titans? COUGH-COUGH or Tennessee COUGH.
So Bud demands Peyton, and as a result the Titans miss out on Mario Williams, one of the top center free agents Scott Wells or Chris Myers, and you know – who knows who else. But hey, Bud is still going to stick it to us by signing Joel Dreessen! OH GOD NO?
In all seriousness though – this clearly hasn’t been a very “good” or exciting offseason for the Texans, but really – what would you have them do? They signed their star RB of the present and future, Arian Foster. Good on them. The Texans would have been absolutely BONKERS to match the Raiders’ offer for Mike Brisiel. Lawrence Vickers did a really good job for the Texans, but they found him on the cheap and they have another fullback already in James Casey who opens the offense up to a lot of other possibilities.
Mario Williams was never, ever going to re-sign with the Texans and I’m not the slightest bit surprised to hear the big man himself say that the Texans never bothered to make an offer – and why would they? It would have been laughed at.
The one that hurts is certainly Eric Winston, but he’s just an old-fashioned cap casualty. You couldn’t keep Winston and Myers, and cutting Jacoby Jones wouldn’t have been enough to retain Winston. On top of that, the Texans MUST start making hard cuts anyway, because next year Connor Barwin, Duane Brown, and I believe Matt Schaub are all up – and the Texans may want to start kicking around a new deal for Brian Cushing as well.
Presently, the Texans obviously don’t have enough cap space to sign a free agent of any significance. They barely have enough to sign their own upcoming draft picks. My point is – the tough cuts may not be over. If you really want the Texans to sign a decent free agent – be ready to say goodbye to DeMeco Ryans. Also – don’t worry – as soon as the Texans need the money, you will all be ecstatic when they cut Jacoby.