Trading Mario Williams May Be Best Option

By PAUL GALLANT, SportsRadio 610

What to do with Texans outside linebacker Mario Williams?

Houston’s defense didn’t miss a beat this season after Williams was lost for the year with a torn pectoral. In fact they may have improved. Houston’s second ranked defense didn’t hit their stride until AFTER Williams went down. Other outside backers Connor Barwin stepped his game up and rookie Brooks Reed did a hell of a job filling in.

That means that the 6-foot-6-inch, 283-pound Williams is expendable.

Bringing him back will cost a pretty penny. Williams made about $15.15 million this season, and assuming Houston gives a pay increase to Arian Foster and resigns a few other key pieces, they won’t have a whole lot of cap space to work with Mario. That’s because the Texans had less than $900,000 in cap space to work with going into the 2011 season.

I feel the Texans should give Williams the franchise tag and trade him for a high end draft pick or two. That would free up a lot of cap space, allowing the Texans to resign other key pieces. It would also provide an opportunity to look for a veteran free agent cornerback to complement Johnathan Joseph, and to go after a top notch wide receiver prospect in April’s upcoming NFL Draft.

Trading Mario wouldn’t be a popular move. But football is a business, and it wouldn’t be smart for Houston to invest another $10 million of cap space in Williams when they have two players in Barwin and Reed who proved they were capable of similar production.

Comments

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  1. Robert says:

    Hell yeah finally someone with some sense Mario has not proven he can stay healthy for a season and he earned 15.5 mil this season. He is the Yao Ming of the Texans sign and trade to fill some needs is the best thing I’ve heard and finally glad someone has said it besides me!!!!

  2. Brian says:

    THIS GUY COULDNT BE MORE WRONG. REGARDLESS OF WHAT REED GAVE YOU HE IS NOT A MATCHUP NIGHTMARE LIKE MARIO IS….ALTHOUGH HE WAS PRODUCTIVE I SAW A NUMBER OF GAMES WHERE HIS SIZE PLAYED AGAINST HIM IN MATCHUPS WITH BIGGER LINEMEN

  3. Jason Bradley says:

    Brooks Reed IS an actual LB not a DE playing out of position. Reed more than did a great job in Mario’s absence. That being said and the injures he’s had last 2 seasons you absolutely get something with his money. Go get another WR to help Andre, show Arian the MONEY and sigh all the necessary pieces to keep us going forward. Re-sign Mario, sorry, not a smart move.

  4. Darrell says:

    This is a terrible move, I would think allowing Jacoby Jones to be a free agent would be the first choice. Mario has come into his own and is a fan favorite here in Houston. I would not think that is in the best interest of the Texans or their fans. I am sorry for Jacoby, but production is the name of the game and his has gone south for the most part. Good luck, and thanks for the memories.

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