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Mario Williams says his contract won’t be all about the money

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Given the realities of how much money a talented free-agent pass rusher like Mario Williams can command, and how many salary cap concerns the Texans have, Williams may only stay in Houston if he takes a hometown discount. Fortunately for the Texans, Williams sounds willing.

Williams told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that his primary motivation in signing a contract when he becomes a free agent next month will be making sure he’s in the right place, not making sure he’s maximizing his earning potential.

I’m not worried about that,” Williams said. “It’s really not that big of a deal to me. I was the first pick, and I’ve already had everything I really wanted, so my biggest thing is to be in a good position, a good scheme, a good system and continuing my career. Hopefully, it works out. It’s always important to be in a position to be successful. That comes with teammates around you, coaching, having that winning attitude. You want to [play] where you can thrive no matter where you are. . . . I love it here.”

Of course, if Williams says all those things and then turns around and signs with whatever team offers him the most money, he’d hardly be the first athlete to follow that path. The Texans will almost certainly not use the franchise tag on Williams because that would require a tender of $22.9 million, which Houston can’t fit under its 2012 cap, so he’ll be free to shop himself around to the highest bidder.

But for now, anyway, he says he won’t necessarily go to the highest bidder.

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78 Responses to “Mario Williams says his contract won’t be all about the money”
  1. trbowman says: Feb 16, 2012 9:42 PM

    Whenever someone says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.

  2. jagsfan78 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:45 PM

    He’s going to be a Jaguar. We have the money to give him what he deserves.

  3. j0esixpack says: Feb 16, 2012 9:46 PM

    Maybe he’d consider taking a slight discount for a team that needed a pass rusher and was in the Super Bowl on average every other year.

  4. andyreidisfat says: Feb 16, 2012 9:50 PM

    I hope williams does the smart thing and moves on to a 4-3 team. Clearly he is not a line backer( and before everyone quotes his sacks numbers before he was hurt watch the tape, he wasn’t that good. He is just to big to try and cover anyone)

    I think a really good fit if they had the cap would be Chicago, just to see peppers and Williams on the same line

  5. moderndayjhericurl says: Feb 16, 2012 9:51 PM

    You my good sir, are a liar.

  6. alan226 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:52 PM

    C’mon Patriots, pull the trigger, Signing Mario Williams would solve half of your defensive problems for the next 5 years…

  7. tombradyallday says: Feb 16, 2012 9:55 PM

    exactly what belichick wanted to hear

  8. vahawker says: Feb 16, 2012 9:58 PM

    Doesn’t say anything about staying in Houston for a lower price, says he wants to be in the best position for him. Question is..does he think that place is that Houston?

  9. rcali says: Feb 16, 2012 10:00 PM

    I think we are all over players going to places where they are going to make the most money. At least I am. Because of the salary cap, one player making a bunch of clams can actually hurt your overall team.

  10. jjmurphy1127d says: Feb 16, 2012 10:00 PM

    Welcome to New England!!!!

  11. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 16, 2012 10:02 PM

    Normally I’m completely against letting a stud like Mario walk, but I think this is something the Texans will just have to let go. They have two young talented pass rushers in Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed who proved they are capable of handling the pass rushing duties. Also the texans can get a 3rd compensatory pick. If they had the cap room, they should resign him, but they don’t.

  12. majbobby says: Feb 16, 2012 10:05 PM

    Mario Buffalo would love to have you.

  13. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Feb 16, 2012 10:07 PM

    I like how everyone is calling him a liar. Not saying he’ll stay but remember he’s not your normal 3-4 olb. He is after all 6’7 and blitzed on literally every play he was in minus a select few. If he’s going anywhere he knows he’ll most likely have to play in a 4-3 and personally I don’t think he likes it. I mean lets face it Wade phillips said he wants to stay with Houston for awhile and he’s getting older. Maybe he doesn’t want to be a head coach anymore, with that sort of in house promise.. I could see Mario taking a pay cut to be a beast at an olb spot tailored for him.

  14. nflfollower says: Feb 16, 2012 10:17 PM

    I’m really hoping Megatron takes the same approach in Detroit, but either way, both he and Super Mario have EARNED their money.

  15. androk23 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:18 PM

    Hey Mario, come to Buffalo! There you have a coordinator with lots of success running a 4-3 (Wannestadt), get to play on a line with what may be the best DT duo in the league next year (Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams), play a major role in getting this team into the playoffs, and be adored by a die-hard fanbase!

    I know it’s very unlikely so go ahead and laugh, but you gotta admit it would be a great fit.

  16. 49er33 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:21 PM

    I wouldnt mind having Williams lined across Justin Smith, and Aldon Smith at OLB and with Willis and Bowman in the Middle, maybe draft another pass rushing OLB… that would be beastly, probably out of the 49ers price range, but man that would be a nightmare for QBs in terms of pass rush.

  17. stevincinci says: Feb 16, 2012 10:26 PM

    Bengals are 44 mil under the cap,, and they run a 4-3 scheme. C’mon over and pair up with Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, and Domato Peko. That would be a nice d-front.

  18. cunningstunts96 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:27 PM

    “I was the first pick, and I’ve already had everything I really wanted.”

    What, no Super Bowl?

  19. reed20ravens says: Feb 16, 2012 10:29 PM

    yeah…and brett farve is staying retired…

  20. ChrisCicc says: Feb 16, 2012 10:31 PM

    If he’s legit, this has Patriots written all over it.

  21. Andre's Johnson says: Feb 16, 2012 10:34 PM

    jagsfan78 says:
    Feb 16, 2012 9:45 PM
    He’s going to be a Jaguar. We have the money to give him what he deserves

    # # # # # # # #

    If he wanted to play in Los Angeles, he could just sign with the Rams.

  22. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Feb 16, 2012 10:35 PM

    Sure would look nice in a 49ers uniform !

  23. ttommytom says: Feb 16, 2012 10:35 PM

    Patriots would be a great fit. He would instantly upgrade their DB’s without actually upgrading them.

    If I’m Mr Kraft, I would be asking that GM, ex Giants DC all about Williams.

  24. dennis2488 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:35 PM

    if only there was some team out there that would fully utilize his athletic talent, could use a pass rushing end, had a great defensive head coach and made it to the playoffs every year.

  25. vallz5 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:42 PM

    Looks like our ol’ friend Mario is giving Mr. Roethlisberger a taste of his own medicine in that photo, eh? (If ya catch my drift)

  26. ballboy48 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:42 PM

    Don’t be suprised if he takes less money to stay where he is! I’d also watch for the Browns to make an offer to him! They need another End and he is great in the 4-3.

  27. cowboysfromdallas says: Feb 16, 2012 10:43 PM

    This feels odd to say but the Texans may not need him as badly as most think. But of he stays Houston may be very close to going to to the Superbowl.

  28. christopher525 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:43 PM

    Carolina, you heard the man. He doesn’t want money, he wants to win. Sign him, then build the defense back up.

  29. seahawks80 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:46 PM

    He’s full of crap, sadly enough its always about the money.

  30. teamgoku says: Feb 16, 2012 10:49 PM

    Mr. Williams the Denver Broncos would like to welcome you to the team.

    Doom on one side +
    Williams on the other +
    Von Miller swithcing back and fourth =

    Sickest pass rush in the NFL enough said

  31. mrslay1 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:54 PM

    I think he stays another year at least in Houston. They have as god of a shot at the superbowl as anyone next year. The games of them I watched they were the most complete team I saw with the 49′s. If Houston have had their QB I think their in the AFC championship last year.

  32. dolfanatik says: Feb 16, 2012 10:57 PM

    dolphins would be ideal. they will have cap space. no state tax. solid leadership on defense , which switching back to 43. Flynn & Williams make miami a contender in afc east race.

  33. dsimp724 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:03 PM

    dan snyder.. your up

  34. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 16, 2012 11:04 PM

    come to Oakland and be part of the new era

  35. worldatlarge1 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:06 PM

    It may not be about the money, but he listed another reason he’ll probably be leaving Houston. He wants to play in a scheme that suits him, which would be a 4-3. I’m expecting Tampa to make a major run for him, as DE is where they’re lacking and they have a ton of cap space.

  36. tommyf15 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:41 PM

    trbowman says: Whenever someone says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.

    I’m hosting a special workshop for those who can’t tell the difference for those who can’t tell the difference between “about the money” and “all about the money”.

    Williams is getting a premium deal no matter what, so he can afford to take 5% less for a situation he’s happiest with. Good for him.

  37. cali49er707 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:46 PM

    he aint going nowhere they will sign him or franchise him. i give texans credit for making that pick in the draft. i know almost everyone thought reggie bush should have been picked#1, me included.

  38. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:47 PM

    Mario Williams playing with the 49ers would be unfair. You might as well call the rest us the Washington Generals.

  39. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:48 PM

    Eagles. Do it.

  40. thekingdave says: Feb 16, 2012 11:48 PM

    All of you salivating over Williams are the same ones who bashed the guy nonstop after being selected over Bush. Funny how things work.

  41. ppc50 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:59 PM

    Dallas dumps Spencer picks up Williams. Oh Yeah Baby!!!

  42. machester52 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:59 PM

    So, I think this solidifies that Super Mario was a better pick than Reggie Bush. Williams is an amazing playmaker. He has many great years to come. Well deserving of the money.

  43. pappert says: Feb 17, 2012 12:47 AM

    COme on Mario ..come to the only other team that was top 10 in offense and defense… We are a good linebacker and a saftey away…

    PLEASE..

    signed an eagles fan who knows linebacker are important

  44. seaner44 says: Feb 17, 2012 12:59 AM

    Mario William say his contract wont be all about the money…. He is a liar

  45. sirlurksalot says: Feb 17, 2012 1:00 AM

    Phil Emery would be wise to bring him to Chicago. As Mario has played well in a 4-3 AND a 3-4, then he’s the foundation of your defense going forward, whether the Bears keep Lovie after a good season or fire him after another bad one.

    Also, didn’t the Bears bring in a stud DE the last time the head coach was on the hot seat? How did that work out?

  46. jamfed619 says: Feb 17, 2012 1:15 AM

    San Diego will make a bid. I can see Super Mario in powder blue.

  47. patsfiend says: Feb 17, 2012 1:34 AM

    “Welcome to the Ground Round Foxboro, Mr. Williams. Your party has arrived already, and he is sitting in the booth way in the back there, with the grey hooded sweatshirt. My name is Tina, and you just let me know if there is any way I can help you, honey.”

  48. profootballwalk says: Feb 17, 2012 1:51 AM

    Big Vince pushing the pocket, Mario crashing from outside.

  49. shadowgm1 says: Feb 17, 2012 2:05 AM

    Music to the ears of Ron Rivera. He’ll be a Panther for the next six years.

  50. spinmovr says: Feb 17, 2012 2:13 AM

    Mario Williams in OAK would bring some star power to a defense that needs it.

    Our new defensive coaches are going to blow minds in 2012 with their creativity and aggressiveness. D. Allen coached DBs during New Orleans’ Super Bowl run and got a lot out of an “eclectic” group. Darren Sharper, Roman Harper, Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter didn’t exactly strike fear in opposing offenses coming into ’09. Just sayin’ aggressiveness is the way.

  51. cowboysallday says: Feb 17, 2012 2:39 AM

    Come to dallas and play opposite of dware…that would be the scariest combo in nfl history

  52. henryholland666 says: Feb 17, 2012 3:38 AM

    Kevin Garnett, after signing a $126 million contract: “It ain’t about the loot”.

    Uh huh.

  53. hedleykow says: Feb 17, 2012 3:38 AM

    Mario Williams’ contract won’t be all about the money, like my comment is all about bad grammar.

  54. briang123 says: Feb 17, 2012 3:39 AM

    In related news, Mark Sanchez announced he only dates Kate Upton because of her great personality.

  55. hedleykow says: Feb 17, 2012 3:39 AM

    or should I have said isn’t?

  56. hodag54501 says: Feb 17, 2012 4:17 AM

    Green Bay is a DE/OLB away from contending again for the Super Bowl.

    It’s only money.

  57. footballprophet says: Feb 17, 2012 5:01 AM

    LOL…….I almost fell out of my chair when I read this article. The last NFL player who didn’t worry about “maximizing his earnings” played sometime in the 1960′s

  58. kayakattack says: Feb 17, 2012 5:15 AM

    Over Rated. Just like any big name FA is not worth all the hastle.. all 32 teams would love to add him, he’s not bad.. but this isn’t Reggie White hitting the market, he missed an entire season and the Texans didn’t even miss him. He’d be a nice guy to have on your favorite team as everyone here seems to be saying it will be there team to land the prize, but he won’t put any defense over the top. Look at Nnamdi last year, he was a great pick up for Philly last year, he’s still a top cb, but it did not equate to wins in Philly (although DE’s make greater impact on a defense in general).. It seems like he’s worth it, but he’s not really worth it.

  59. nickynick04 says: Feb 17, 2012 6:00 AM

    Packers,,,,,DT in a 3-4 ….?

  60. dh321 says: Feb 17, 2012 6:21 AM

    If one is to believe anything you read, the Dolphins are going to be in major play for him and have the cap space as they switch to a 4-3.

  61. joetoronto says: Feb 17, 2012 6:56 AM

    jagsfan78 says:
    Feb 16, 2012 9:45 PM
    He’s going to be a Jaguar. We have the money to give him what he deserves.
    ***************************************************
    There’s a reason you have all that cap room, can you guess what it is?

    Just move baby.

  62. jskill3 says: Feb 17, 2012 7:27 AM

    What’s with calling Mario a liar and full of crap?

    Idiots. Bet you wouldn’t say it to his face, or more likely his navel.

    He says he already has money and stuff, he wants to thrive in a system, and he loves it where he is. That sounds true.

    He is not saying he will play for the Texans, no matter what. He is not saying he would pass on being the all time highest paid defensive player, no matter who offers it. He is not saying he would turn down high offers from contenders.

    I hope he does stay with the Texans, but I don’t expect they can pull it off. But if they do, let the league be advised: That’s a quality organization and they are in it for the long haul.

  63. marvinmillersucks says: Feb 17, 2012 7:41 AM

    Mario can take twenty percent less than a New York or California team will pay him and still keep more of his money after taxes. Being the first pick already gets you great accountants!

  64. txtuff says: Feb 17, 2012 7:57 AM

    Mario plays with no fire, he has no killer instinct! And he is acting the same way he plays with his contract. But once his agent shows him what other teams are willing to pay, he will be gone!

  65. chrisco4bucs says: Feb 17, 2012 8:19 AM

    Mario is gonna be a Buc, book it

  66. Navy Teacher says: Feb 17, 2012 8:37 AM

    Bengals are 44 mil under the cap,, and they run a 4-3 scheme. C’mon over and pair up with Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, and Domato Peko. That would be a nice d-front.

    ———————————————

    You make a great case, unfortunately there is a reason the Bengals are $44 MIL under the cap. They have the worst owner in the NFL who, like Jones in Dallas, feels he knows more about football than anyone else. I feel for you Bengals fans. Brown will find a way to mess up the one-sided Palmer trade.

  67. kacapaco says: Feb 17, 2012 8:48 AM

    Being the 1st overall pick, he got the money. Now get the ring by joking a team 2players away you being one of them. Come to Patriots.

  68. sj39 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    Right, he would probably pay Kraft to be a Patriot. Pats fans, get over yourselves already will ya?

  69. polo550 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:04 AM

    I know this is just a pipe dream and the Ravens have to resign Grubbs and Rice but man Mario Williams opposite Suggs. That would be a Harrison/Woodley OLB combo on steroids. The Ravens are a base 3-4 but they run multiple fronts. Would be nice but would never happen.

  70. shadowgm1 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:04 AM

    hodag54501 says:Feb 17, 2012 4:17 AM

    Green Bay is a DE/OLB away from contending again for the Super Bowl.

    It’s only money.
    ——————————————————————–

    I’m okay with avoiding the whole “transition back to the 43 and find a trade partner for Clay Matthews” thing. Williams was playing his way out of the 34 in Houston because he was too small to be a 34 DE, and had to scoot to OLB.

  71. snowpea84 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:07 AM

    Hopefully he means that. He makes a good point about having been a first overall pick. He’s gotten a pile of money.
    Maybe he’s seen enough guys take a big contract in a bad place and not get that full contract because being there ruins their careers.
    I hope he does go somewhere god. I’d like to see him be truly dominant and recognized over this next part of his career. Somehow his name just doesn’t come up as often as it should.

  72. bhindenemylines says: Feb 17, 2012 10:08 AM

    Dallas lost out on the Nnamdi sweepstakes last year. This year, if they got a shot at Mario, there is no way they will let him get away.

    DeWare and Mario on the same d-line would do a lot to aleviate the issues in the secondary. Just ask the Giants how that works.

  73. havok82 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:11 AM

    The Pats are 26 million under the cap. They have the ability to sign him. I would think he would get a real solid look, too. It is a logical fit for them, too.

  74. dalfanforever says: Feb 17, 2012 10:24 AM

    Until Jerry Jones decides to open up his checkbook to get DeMarcus Ware some help on the other side…

    Of course it’s about the money! It’s ALWAYS about the money!

  75. drew05 says: Feb 17, 2012 10:24 AM

    Super Mario and Vincent Jackson are gonna look great in Eagle green….

    Keeping the “Dream” alive!

    Go Eagles!

  76. CKL says: Feb 17, 2012 12:28 PM

    andrejohnsonforpresident says:
    Feb 16, 2012 10:07 PM
    I like how everyone is calling him a liar. Not saying he’ll stay but remember he’s not your normal 3-4 olb. He is after all 6’7 and blitzed on literally every play he was in minus a select few. If he’s going anywhere he knows he’ll most likely have to play in a 4-3 and personally I don’t think he likes it. I mean lets face it Wade phillips said he wants to stay with Houston for awhile and he’s getting older. Maybe he doesn’t want to be a head coach anymore, with that sort of in house promise.. I could see Mario taking a pay cut to be a beast at an olb spot tailored for him.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    This is interesting. I have heard talk that Mario DOESN’T like the 3-4 and of course don’t know how true that is. What is the sense of other Texans fans out there? Did he seem ok with playing the 3-4?

    This is going to be a tough decision for Mario because the Texans had a fantastic defense last year and Wade is one of the best DCs in the business so it’s not like he’s not going to have a chance for team success if the Texans want to keep him either.

  77. djaehne says: Feb 18, 2012 8:16 PM

    Texans will send each of the other NFL teams,
    yeah that includes Tampa, a lifesize cardboard
    color cut out to stand up in your d-lines of Mario so you can all be winners. My oh my how so
    many could covet a Texans. Who’d have thought?

  78. evilgenetics says: Mar 2, 2012 10:19 PM

    Detroit is a mario williams away from being scary…so sign calvin lower his number say bye to avril and that line will be fun to watch

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