NFL Free Agency: Nothing ‘Free’ About It
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The offseason got off to a good start with the Texans inking Arian Foster. Then we got the news about Eric Winston and the cold hard reality of the salary cap set in.
The Texans are on the brink of having to rebuild their offensive line. They could potentially lose center Chris Myers and right guard Mike Brisiel along with Winston.
They certainly made a pitch to Myers but you could hardly blame him for having a wandering eye considering how many suitors there are in the NFL.
Not to scare you about the future but there’s a reasonable chance this could happen next year with Duane Brown and Conner Barwin and Matt Schaub and…
OK, back to now. If the Texans had to play today they would suit up Rashad Butler at right tackle. He should do fine having played well during Brown’s four game suspension in 2010.
Antoine Caldwell has starting experience at right guard and could very well find himself in the line up if Brisiel signs elsewhere.
At center, it gets tricky. If Myers ends up working for another team, the Texans will have to either draft a stud rookie (Peter Konz from Wisconsin anyone?) or, more likely, find another veteran.
People seem to forget that the Texans acquired Myers through a trade for a 6th round draft choice with Denver (still feel like bashing the Broncos ties with the organization?). And they got Brisiel as an undrafted free agent from Colorado State (see above combative question and insert CSU).
As prickly as this situation seems there’s no way the organization went into the off season with no idea that this sort of thing might happen. They knew they weren’t cash-rich and they knew that players would probably want to test the market.
It’s early in the off season game. There might be a bit of a first quarter deficit but there’s plenty of time for a comeback.