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It may take hometown discount to keep Mario Williams

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The Texans have salary cap concerns and a lot of key players to take care of.

Arian Foster is a restricted free agent. Pro Bowl center Chris Myers is a free agent. Starting guard Mike Brisiel is a free agent.

Add it all up, and it will be very difficult to keep Mario Williams. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle writes that Williams would have to take a “hometown discount” to stay in Houston.

If that’s true, Williams is very likely to leave. What top players truly take hometown discounts? Williams has a good shot at becoming he highest paid defensive player in league history as a free agent. There is a reasonable debate if Houston’s defense is even the best fit for Williams’ skill set and the Texans defense did great without him.

The Texans can’t afford to use the franchise tag on Williams. On Tuesday’s NBC SportsTalk, Tom Curran and I looked ahead to some possible tags around the league. It makes more sense for the Texans to focus on deals for Foster, Myers, and next year’s free agents Duane Brown and Connor Barwin.

Williams sounds likely to play elsewhere in 2012.

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  1. effedinLA says: Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM

    Take the Home Town Discount! wouldn’t want an owner to pay a player what they are worth on the field. Those guys have families and mistresses to pay for. Give a Billionaire a break man.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM

    Welcome to Green Bay, Mr. Williams. Mr. Thompson is waiting to meet you in the Reggie White Room at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.

  3. packerstexansfan says: Feb 15, 2012 10:45 AM

    Slowly but surely, I’m coming to the realization that Mario is not gonna be a Texan next year. And it sucks!

  4. jcusa514 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:46 AM

    Miami

  5. JackLeone says: Feb 15, 2012 10:48 AM

    Reggie Bush. Now Mario. They are dropping like flies. You should do a story on that year’s draft. I would like to see how many players from that year’s class is still with the team that drafted them.

  6. starvinglionsfan says: Feb 15, 2012 10:48 AM

    Too bad this isn’t the NBA. I would do a sign and trade for Cliff Avril to Detroit. Avril might fit the 3-4 better and Williams would fit Detroit’s wide nine 4-3 better next to Suh. Heres to pipe dreams…..

  7. emmac13 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:49 AM

    Mr. Holmgren go get him. Cleveland has the room to throw the loot at this guy. We need a DE. Get Chase Minnefield in mid round. Defense will be done.

  8. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Feb 15, 2012 10:49 AM

    They did fine without him with Brooks Reed, Barwin, J.J. Watt, Connor Barwin, and Antonio Smith. I give the Texans’ scouting dpt a lot of credit for finding those gems last year.

    I hope Loomis give a run at him because we have absolutely no pass rush outside of a aging Will Smith. Sedrick Ellis is inconsistent and Junior Galette looks promising but still isn’t there just yet. Hopefully Cam Jordan comes thru this year because he looked nothing short of a bust this past season.

  9. h3min1230 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:50 AM

    if the Pats permanetley swicth to a 4-3, this guy would instantly improve that pass rush and help those awful CBs.

  10. gunnerstaal says: Feb 15, 2012 10:50 AM

    Well Ralph Wilson, there is a salary cap floor next year and you arent at it, why not pay the premium for a guy like Mario Williams.

    Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Mario Williams is a good start to fixing their awful defense.

  11. silvernblackpa says: Feb 15, 2012 10:51 AM

    There’s a defense in Oakland that would love to have you, Mario, and an owner who (much like his papa) wouldn’t mind writing a big, big check.

  12. dtm1088 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:52 AM

    It seems like a certainty this guy will be a Jaguar. I’m sure it sounds silly saying someone will be a Jaguar, but that franchise has a new owner and a ton of cap room. They can justify over paying a guy like this that would give their defense instant credibility and a marketable star. Seems like a perfect fit.

  13. liner1900 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    Come on down to Tampa, Mario. We have cash to burn and no state income tax.

  14. pedrovillegas21 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    see you Mario

  15. dolfanatik says: Feb 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    dolphins in their return to 4-3 will be front runners for mario to play natural position. pass rush DE

  16. cakemixa says: Feb 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    He’ll be taking I-10 East…straight to New Orleans.

  17. iceshocker says: Feb 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    Welcome to the falcons Mario.

  18. dolphins4 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:57 AM

    Go to Philadelphia,you’d be better than bablin Babin who runs by the runningback with the football as he is running to the quarterback.

  19. rwmilli says: Feb 15, 2012 10:58 AM

    Terrible move by the texans, defense may have played great but they will regret letting this guy go, you seen it first here ! Stupid stupid texans, foster is replaceable and practically was by Tate, just sayin !

  20. madenatewell says: Feb 15, 2012 10:59 AM

    If he really took a HOMETOWN discount, he’d go to Carolina…but we have no cap space…he’ll probably go to Tampa, piss me off.

  21. paleandpasty says: Feb 15, 2012 10:59 AM

    If he leaves the top three picks of that draft will be on different teams. That rarely happens this fast.

  22. kperagine says: Feb 15, 2012 10:59 AM

    jets need to free up cap space and sign him. missing piece to that defense.

  23. muskyhunter2542 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:01 AM

    Welcome to The Green Bay Packers Mario.

  24. crazycane says: Feb 15, 2012 11:03 AM

    When it’s the team needing the player, they want a home town discount.

    When it’s the player needing the team, you get cut.

    Don’t give ‘em JACK, Mario. Go get paid.

  25. viper0290 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:06 AM

    hell be an eagle or a jet ofcourse

  26. johnnyb216 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:07 AM

    Come on over to Green Bay big guy!!!! That’ll put at least 3 rings on your fingers!!

  27. dalucks says: Feb 15, 2012 11:09 AM

    A 3 year 27 million dollar guaranteed contract is fair market value for both Mario Williams and Arian Foster. Additional money can come from player and team incentives. Then the only two remaining free agents who need to be resigned are Chris Meyers and Mike Briseil. Everyone else can be replaced via draft or someone already on the roster. This is the business of the NFL.
    Also, to free up some additional cap space, the Texans should release Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones, Matt Leinart and Shaun Cody. This would give the Texans an approximate 5-10 million dollars. These are the tough decisions a team must make to stay competitive and remain a Super Bowl contender.

  28. haileli says: Feb 15, 2012 11:10 AM

    “What top players truly take hometown discounts?”

    Steelers and Patriots players do it all the time. If Williams gets a great offer from a competitive team, great. But he’s in a great position in Oakland. They’re young, have most of the pieces in place, and has a savant to coach him. If he is willing to shave a mil or two per year, he could be part of a contender for years to come. Up to him. If Houston offers him a deal that even approximates fair market value, I’d take it. He has made (to my knowledge) $50,000,000 in salary thus far.

  29. haileli says: Feb 15, 2012 11:10 AM

    *great position in Houston.

    Obvious typo.

  30. scoops1 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:11 AM

    Would to see him in the green and gold but does he like playing in 3-4

  31. frostbelt says: Feb 15, 2012 11:14 AM

    Buffalo should sign him at the right price

    Their defensive line in the 4-3 would be INCREDIBLE

  32. craigsimsrules says: Feb 15, 2012 11:14 AM

    No N.F.L. player should ever give any team a home town discount. When teams are allowed to cut a player at basically the snap of there fingers, no player should EVER take a discount. So Mario Williams should pack his bags to St. Louis and team up with Chris Long to complete the best set of pass rushers on one team in the league. Go get him Coach Fisher

  33. txnsvols0489 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:17 AM

    “they will regret letting this guy go, you seen it first here !”-@rwmilli . He is the first person in the world to say the Texans will regret it. Still no sign of him having ever watched the Texans though.

  34. ravensfan4life52 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:18 AM

    Figure out how to get this guy Ozzie!

  35. louiebills says: Feb 15, 2012 11:19 AM

    Welcome to Buffalo Mr. Williams!!!!!!

  36. gmen1987 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:20 AM

    effedinLA says:
    Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM
    Take the Home Town Discount! wouldn’t want an owner to pay a player what they are worth on the field. Those guys have families and mistresses to pay for. Give a Billionaire a break man.

    =================================
    Goobs, Take it you haven’t heard of this thing called a salary cap. Idiot.

  37. mrgroovesd says: Feb 15, 2012 11:21 AM

    I had my doubts about Mario when he was drafted but he is a stud. Let’s hope if he does leave the Texans, he finds another home that has a winning tradition.

  38. gmen1987 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:21 AM

    Forget the guy named Peyton Manning. Mario Williams will be the most sought after free agent this off season.

  39. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM
    Welcome to Green Bay, Mr. Williams. Mr. Thompson is waiting to meet you in the Reggie White Room at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.
    ___________

    Last year all we heard from Packer fans was that the only way to build a team is through the draft, free agency is a tool of the devil, Dom Capers is a genius, and the Packers are the next NFL dynasty. Now after getting bounced out of the first round with the worst defense in NFL history, you’re desperate to get a prize free agent even if it means changing your whole defense to make him fit. It was a short dynasty.

  40. austskate says: Feb 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    Hometown discounts are stupid. Notice how it never works the other way around; a team never pays a player more money than they deserve due to years of loyal service.

    Go get your pay bro, you deserve it.

  41. shadowgm1 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:24 AM

    Everybody wins in this instance. Connor Barwin’s insertion into the lineup coincided perfectly with the Texan’s defensive surge this season, and he is a far better fit in Wade Phillips scheme than Williams. Mario will need to go search for another 4-3 defense to get back to the position he excels in as a 4-3 DE. The kicker is that the Texans won’t get any compensation other than a 2013 third round comp which, in this era of free agency is ridiculous – they need to open up the top two rounds to players with talent levels like this, it’s too much of a talent gap for a competing team to lose.

  42. godofwine330 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:27 AM

    It would be more conducive for Mario to play with his hand in the dirt full-time versus playing an out of place rush LB. He may be able to do it now, but he would struggle as the years went on causing his value to decrease. In the long run, it will be best for him to find not only a 4-3 team, but to find a 4-3 team with a coach who is unlikely to get fired this year causing an Albert Haynesworth square peg/round hole situation.

  43. jakek2 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:31 AM

    Giants. We can use a 5th string DE.

  44. flux142 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:31 AM

    Coming from a Texans fan, You guys can have him. Mario is an above average player, nothing more. He never was gonna fit in the 3-4. He had 5 sacks in 5 games this year- 3 againts TE’s and the other 2 against sub-par LT’s. He consistently runs himself out of plays, is an OK run defender at best. I like him, but Barwin and Reed are better fits and Mario simply isn’t worth the money.

  45. shadowgm1 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:32 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM

    Welcome to Green Bay, Mr. Williams. Mr. Thompson is waiting to meet you in the Reggie White Room at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.
    ———————————————————–

    There’s no way that Williams can anchor the edge in a 3-4 end role, which we need desperately. He’s too small, and he played outside OLB in the same defense last year and seemed to not be happy about it. Carolina immediately comes to mind, though I have no idea how much money is being sucked up by that overrated HooverVac of a QB they have.

  46. all4patriots says: Feb 15, 2012 11:32 AM

    Mario,

    Bill Belichick is on line 1.

    He wants to know if you want to win a Super Bowl, if football is important to you, if you think you can help a 31st ranked defense that still managed to get to the Super Bowl.

    He isn’t offering you the most money, but it is a team that has been to the Super Bowl 5 times in the last 11 years and they as 20 millon under the cap, so you and Wes Welker both get fair deals.

    Oh, and he coaches the D himself, and would like to discuss precisely how he wants you to dominate.

    I’ll put him through…

  47. shadowgm1 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:33 AM

    JackLeone says:Feb 15, 2012 10:48 AM

    Reggie Bush. Now Mario. They are dropping like flies. You should do a story on that year’s draft. I would like to see how many players from that year’s class is still with the team that drafted them.
    ————————————————————————-

    Coming soon to the marquee: A.J. Hawk. Mark it down. Looks like Vernon Davis was the safest bet that season.

  48. brockdrego says: Feb 15, 2012 11:34 AM

    Packers? Really? Name me one other guy than charles Woodson that Thompson has imported from anywhere. It is a farm system mentality that he has fostered and it has worked well enough for him so far….well at least in thompson’s own mind. It would be a dream scenario for the nfls worst defense but it will never happen. Not with the super Mario price tag that is.

  49. kingbeason52 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:38 AM

    “Hometown discounts are stupid. Notice how it never works the other way around; a team never pays a player more money than they deserve due to years of loyal service.

    Go get your pay bro, you deserve it.”

    ———————————————————
    Didnt Peyton get 26 mil last year? That situation had a hometown/loyalty feel it.

  50. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Feb 15, 2012 11:39 AM

    More talent coming to South Beach!

  51. whitemike55 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:45 AM

    If Mario wants to be apart of something special and stay with THE #2 DEFENSE from last year, he will sign a 4 yr 60 Million Dollar deal to stay in Houston and have the chance at a Superbowl.

    Great Defense, Great Running Game, Great Passing Game.

    IF he wants to chase the $$ and end up with another contender, I can’t blame him either.

    Best of luck Mario, Hope to see you in that Deep Steel Blue in 2012!

    Signed, TEXANS FAN!

  52. 4gone says: Feb 15, 2012 11:50 AM

    They have to let him walk. Teams who over pay for one player handcuff themselves from being able to afford to put talent around them. It eventually blows up. Happened in Indi with Manning, is about to happen in New Orleans with Brees. Wanting to be the highest paid player at this or that position comes with a cost – losing.
    My opinion is all contracts should be strongly incentive laden, not being paid for what you did in the past. Think of how much harder guys would play on the field. I know if I was working on commission or on incentive basis I would be much more productive and not sit on PFT all day.

  53. kevinb73 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:51 AM

    The Bucs could definitely use you Mario, and we got plenty of cap room for you. Welcome to Tampa!

    Go Bucs!!

  54. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 15, 2012 11:55 AM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Feb 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM
    Welcome to Green Bay, Mr. Williams. Mr. Thompson is waiting to meet you in the Reggie White Room at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.
    ___________

    Last year all we heard from Packer fans was that the only way to build a team is through the draft, free agency is a tool of the devil, Dom Capers is a genius, and the Packers are the next NFL dynasty. Now after getting bounced out of the first round with the worst defense in NFL history, you’re desperate to get a prize free agent even if it means changing your whole defense to make him fit. It was a short dynasty.

    ——-

    By the way, how’s your stadium coming?

  55. sj39 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:55 AM

    I just knew there would be posts here on what an honor it would be to play for the team with no honor.

  56. bigbluecrew420 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:58 AM

    Welcome to the Giants Mario…….. never-mind were good!
    Lol

  57. ron69 says: Feb 15, 2012 12:07 PM

    I don’t get the hype, a borderline probowl player.
    He’ll end up as the richest player the NFL has ever seen in 10 years from now. Talking about being in the right situation at the right moment.
    You’re still welcome in Oakland Mr. Williams.

  58. Fantasy Football Legend says: Feb 15, 2012 12:07 PM

    I hope he lands in Dallas, KC or Seattle.

  59. EJ says: Feb 15, 2012 12:08 PM

    There is hardly anyone left from the 2006 draft class that is still with the same team. I miss those days when teams were filled with the players they drafted. Yes, free agency is nice sometimes, but only a few teams can afford the big price tags on these players.

  60. godofwine330 says: Feb 15, 2012 12:11 PM

    @ kingbeason52

    Didnt Peyton get 26 mil last year? That situation had a hometown/loyalty feel it.

    _______________________

    You note one case in easily 100 team requests for a “home town discount”. Besides Payton Manning I cannot think of a team loyalty situation (perhaps Hines Ward this year). It is horribly one sided with teams taking financial advantage of the Victor Cruz (1,500+ yards receiving in the second year of an undrafted contract) and Arian Foster (1,600+ & 1,200+ yards in the 2nd & 3rd years of an undrafted contract respectively).

  61. dannymac17 says: Feb 15, 2012 12:23 PM

    LOL @ Pats fans.

    “If you want to win a superbowl come here…”

    So do the opposite Mario.

  62. patsfiend says: Feb 15, 2012 12:28 PM

    Hey Mario… that little guy with the hoodie and oily jeans sitting at the back booth in the Ground Round off of Route 1 would like to have a few words with you.

  63. rohlo says: Feb 15, 2012 12:30 PM

    funny how all these fans of 3-4 def teams wish or think he’ll end up there..mario is a 4-3 def player..if he is gonna go to a 3-4 defense he’d prob stay with houston as wade philips can utilize him the same way he demarcus ware in dallas!

  64. oklahomaseahawk says: Feb 15, 2012 12:30 PM

    Seattle has a very promising young D Mario you can grow with these guys. Just give us a little time to fix this Qb situation by using our 1st round pick to move up instead of taking a Dlinemen that has never played a down, whadda ya say?
    #Wish

  65. nannymcsack says: Feb 15, 2012 12:59 PM

    you are all silly. everyone has said welcome to . he’s the missing piece to any defense.

  66. bmorelikeme says: Feb 15, 2012 1:03 PM

    Based on the comments above, I can only imagine how high the bidding would go on this guy if the fans were the GMs.

    Definitely the best Free Agent to hit the market in a long time and yes, I’d love to make a spot for him on my Defense too.

  67. FinFan68 says: Feb 15, 2012 1:03 PM

    austskate says:
    Feb 15, 2012 11:22 AM
    Hometown discounts are stupid. Notice how it never works the other way around; a team never pays a player more money than they deserve due to years of loyal service.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Umm….see: Manning, Peyton. Irsay said over and over that Manning would be the highest paid player in football even though his skills were just starting to decline. Manning made well over $20M last year and Irsay signed that deal with at least a little knowledge that Manning might not play.

  68. castleofcheese says: Feb 15, 2012 1:04 PM

    brockdrego says:
    Feb 15, 2012 11:34 AM
    Packers? Really? Name me one other guy than charles Woodson that Thompson has imported from anywhere. It is a farm system mentality that he has fostered and it has worked well enough for him so far….well at least in thompson’s own mind. It would be a dream scenario for the nfls worst defense but it will never happen. Not with the super Mario price tag that is.
    ———
    Ryan Pickett.

    You’re still right for the most part though.

  69. jrosenbaum says: Feb 15, 2012 1:05 PM

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Mario Williams, but hasn’t he been rather injury prone?

  70. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Feb 15, 2012 1:06 PM

    I hate all of you! No media coverage untill our dominate player is about to hit free agency!!

    Mario dude take the hometown discount!! Be part of something great!!

  71. seatownballers says: Feb 15, 2012 1:08 PM

    Id say he’s going to the cowboys, but they can’t afford him. Its tampa or seattle. Your pick mario, best of luck

  72. pilot2011 says: Feb 15, 2012 1:09 PM

    I believe Mario would take a hometown discount… but not in Houston.

    Come home to Carolina Mario…(we’re a little strapped for cash but we’ll work it out for ya!) You and Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy would be pretty stellar defensive end trio..

    I believe the Superbowl champs had a similar group of defensive end talent on their roster…Make it happen Charlotte!

  73. muskyhunter2542 says: Feb 15, 2012 1:09 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Feb 15, 2012 11:22 AM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM
    Welcome to Green Bay, Mr. Williams. Mr. Thompson is waiting to meet you in the Reggie White Room at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.
    ___________

    Last year all we heard from Packer fans was that the only way to build a team is through the draft, free agency is a tool of the devil, Dom Capers is a genius, and the Packers are the next NFL dynasty. Now after getting bounced out of the first round with the worst defense in NFL history, you’re desperate to get a prize free agent even if it means changing your whole defense to make him fit. It was a short dynasty.

    Correction… It was the 2nd round

  74. jhtobias says: Feb 15, 2012 1:26 PM

    Hey to all Green Bay Bashers your right Ted Thompson won’t sign a free agent with Mario price tag.

    But in other news your teams stadium still are rundown. If there are any indoor stadium teams bashng Green Bay right now Quiet you don’t even play NFL FOOTBALL YOU Play ARENA LEAGUE FOOTBALL.

  75. gmemm says: Feb 15, 2012 1:42 PM

    Ware and Mario = super bowl Dallas 6th ring

  76. ppc50 says: Feb 15, 2012 2:14 PM

    Dallas should let Spencer walk and get Williams

  77. ticalcaldwell says: Feb 15, 2012 2:26 PM

    Dont ever take a hometown discount…>EVER…Those NFL checks only come for so long….make em count

  78. rwmilli says: Feb 15, 2012 2:37 PM

    @txnsvol0489 – right because you would know? Not only that, I don’t need to watch a texans game to know it’s a bad move, I’ll make sure to remember your screen name for next year when foster goes down AGAIN and Ben Tate makes him look as replaceable as he truly is AGAIN, while Williams flourishes else where :) don’t hate because you know I’m right, leagues pass happy, any gorilla can get behind one of the best o lines in football and run, shake my head !

  79. hoberkunce says: Feb 15, 2012 2:48 PM

    Williams, Mebane, Branch and Bryant. Get to it Schneider!

  80. KM91 says: Feb 15, 2012 3:07 PM

    Feel free to come to Jacksonville. You can make the Texans regret their decision twice a year.Oh yeah, and we have a LOT of cap space.

  81. enoughaboutkatrina says: Feb 15, 2012 3:13 PM

    Please head east on I-10 and take the Superdome exit in NOLA.

  82. tuckyous says: Feb 15, 2012 3:18 PM

    shadowgm1 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:32 AM

    There’s no way that Williams can anchor the edge in a 3-4 end role, which we need desperately. He’s too small, and he played outside OLB in the same defense last year and seemed to not be happy about it. Carolina immediately comes to mind, though I have no idea how much money is being sucked up by that overrated HooverVac of a QB they have.

    6’8, 295 lbs = too small? You could argue his skill set might not suit being a 3-4 end, but certainly not his size.

    Newton’s cap hit is about 5 million for 2012. So not that much.

  83. freedomispopular says: Feb 15, 2012 3:23 PM

    If he wants a good shot at a ring, he should stay. The kind of team that will be most likely willing to shell out a lot of dough for him will probably not be a contender. I can’t see Green Bay or New England pursuing him, but I can totally see someone like Miami paying an arm and a leg to get him.

  84. effedinLA says: Feb 15, 2012 4:04 PM

    gaymen1987 says:
    Feb 15, 2012 11:20 AM
    effedinLA says:
    Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM
    Take the Home Town Discount! wouldn’t want an owner to pay a player what they are worth on the field. Those guys have families and mistresses to pay for. Give a Billionaire a break man.

    =================================
    Goobs, Take it you haven’t heard of this thing called a salary cap. Idiot.
    ===================
    Hey Gaymen1987,
    Taking less money than you deserve has nothing to do with a salary cap. I wouldn’t expect a pole smoker from NY to understand that though. Yes there is a salary cap nitwit. It limits the TOTAL amount spent by a team, not one players salary. IDIOT

  85. jessethegreat says: Feb 16, 2012 1:45 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Welcome to Green Bay, Mr. Williams. Mr. Thompson is waiting to meet you in the Reggie White Room at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.
    —————————————————————-
    Carl, Carl, Carl…. I’m going to speak for the rest of us Packers fans on this one. Have you lost your top? There are 2 major flaws to your idea.

    1) How many top free agents has Thompson signed in free agency? That’s right… just 1. Charles Woodson.

    2) What defense do the Packers run? Yup. 3-4. Mario would be not much different than the Aaron Kampman experiment. 4-3 DE playing out of position as 3-4 OLB. Mario is an athlete, but I wouldn’t exactly count on him to cover tight ends and slot receivers now.

    If Williams doesn’t resign with the Texans, rest assured he will sign with a 4-3 team.

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