The Houston Texans want to keep center Chris Myers. And Chris Myers says he wants to stay with the Texans.
In the end, he very possibly will. A league source explains, however, that several other teams are interested in Myers, and he’ll therefore dip a toe into the free-agent market before signing a new contract with the Texans.
If, of course, he signs a new contract with the Texans.
It’s a game that Myers didn’t seem all that willing to play in recent comments to SportsRadio 610, which not surprisingly were picked up and typed up by the Texans’ official website.
“News to me, man,” Myers said of a report that the Packers had met with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, regarding Green Bay’s interest in Myers. “I don’t know what was going on. I’m just like anyone else reading that type of stuff, but it is what it is. In the long run, I want to be here in Houston, so that’s what I’ve been telling everybody when everyone asks me stuff, and that’s what it sums up to be. I want to be here. I want to see things through, and that’s the way it is. So that’s kind of the bottom line of my thinking.”
If that’s the case, then why not just re-sign with the Texans now?
“I’ve been saying it since the offseason started: I played seven years in this league and I understand it’s a business, so when it comes down to it, I guess your wants and needs are gonna be a little bit different,” Myers said. “So I just let these next couple weeks play out. This is new territory for me. This is a new field. I’ve never dealt with unrestricted free agency, so it’s a day-by-day thing. I’m feeling it out just like anyone else would for the first time.”
It’s hard not to fault Myers for letting the market set his price. But what happens if the Texans won’t pay him what another team will pay him?
There’s also a possibility that Myers and his agent are playing a little bad cop/good cop with the Texans, with the player acting like he wants to stick around but the agent, via any proposals made to date to the Texans, creating the impression that Myers wants to move on/move out.
He can’t until March 13 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Tune in to PFT right about then to find out if he does.