On Tuesday night, Florio opined that the Eagles got the better of the DeMeco Ryans trade.
His assessment sounds like it would be a popular one in the Houston locker room. Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle shared some text messages he received from current or former Texans players after news of the deal became public. Here’s a sampling of what Solomon heard from Ryans’ now-former teammates.
“Damn, man, and they talk about loyalty.” “They don’t what leadership means, do they? Bet they won’t finish No. 2 in defense next season.” “It’s an ugly business. We’re not the same team without him. Gonna take a lot to replace Meco.”
Tight end Owen Daniels asked “Seriously? Meco too??” on Twitter, which is surely a reference to the team’s decision to part ways with tackle Eric Winston earlier this offseason. Throw in defensive end Mario Williams’ departure and there’s been a lot of longtime Texans walking out the door in Houston. Daniels is the only player left from the 2006 draft class that also included Winston, Williams and Ryans. The team was able to re-sign center Chris Myers.
There were easy explanations for all of the Texans’ moves, but that doesn’t seem to make it any easier for the remaining members of the team to swallow.