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Texans passing on Reggie??

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by numnuts23, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. numnuts23

    numnuts23 Active Member

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    Updated: April 28, 2006, 5:50 PM ET
    Texans appear to be focusing on Williams, not BushBy Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com



    Even as Houston Texans officials continued to insist they have made no decision about the first selection in the draft, there were strong indications Friday afternoon that the team has redirected its focus to North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams.


    Texans executives were in substantive negotiations with Ben Dogra, the representative for Williams, throughout the day. Conversely, ESPN.com learned that the agent for Southern California tailback and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush had not heard from the Texans, as of late Friday afternoon, in more than 24 hours.


    The two sides spoke twice Thursday, but only briefly and made no progress toward an accord. During the week, progress was incremental and one person close to the discussions termed them "a little bit like being in quicksand."


    In addition, league sources told ESPN.com that, in terms of guaranteed money, the latest offer made to Williams exceeds the best proposal made to Bush.


    Minus any conversations with the Bush camp since Thursday, there seemed little chance the Texans could strike a pre-draft accord with the draft's highest-profile performer even if they were to jump-start the negotiations on Friday evening.


    Texans general manager Charley Casserly had cautioned earlier in the week that anyone concluding the team had decided on Bush and was only using Williams as leverage was mistaken. He reiterated that the Texans were serious about both players, negotiating with both agents, and that one of the two would be the top pick.


    Dogra, however, was originally reluctant to enter into negotiations because he felt that his client might be used to force Bush into a deal. Clearly, the Texans convinced him that was not the case.


    Were the Texans to choose Williams, it would mark the first time since 2000 that a defensive player was the first prospect off the board. The Cleveland Browns chose defensive Courtney Brown with the first pick that year.


    The choice of Williams by the Texans could also dramatically alter the landscape of the early segment of the first round. The New Orleans Saints, with the second choice, have indicated they would snap up Bush if he fell to their slot. But the Saints had hinted, in general, that they might entertain trade offers for their pick.


    The availability of Bush at the No. 2 spot would almost certainly elicit trade offers.
  2. Paniolo22

    Paniolo22 Hawaiian Cowboy

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    The Saints would have a field day with all the offers for the #2 spot.
  3. Roughneck

    Roughneck Active Member

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    If the Texans take Williams #1, the draft will get turned on its' freaking head. Can you imagine how quickly the Saints phone line will light up if that happens?
  4. Roughneck

    Roughneck Active Member

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    Yeah, what he said.
  5. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    If the Texans pass on Bush, it would go down in history as the most silly move in the short franchises history for sure.
  6. adbutcher

    adbutcher K9NME

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    I don't know, Mario Williams is a nice 2nd place prize.
  7. DBoys

    DBoys New Member

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    Mario will have a better career than Bush. If Bush goes to the Texans he willl get killed.
  8. felix360

    felix360 Active Member

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    why the hell would u pay williams 1st pick type of money, i just dont think a def. end is worth that pick. no matter how good he is!
  9. silver

    silver Well-Known Member

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    leverage
  10. neosapien23

    neosapien23 Well-Known Member

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    If Houston is not getting any offers, than what makes you so sure that New Orleans would. Houston couldn't even trade down a few spots for Ferguson. Not one of top 4 teams wanted to do bussiness.
  11. Paniolo22

    Paniolo22 Hawaiian Cowboy

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    400 point difference are worth at least a 2nd round pick. 2nd and 3rd in some cases.
  12. JohnsKey19

    JohnsKey19 Well-Known Member

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    I agree.

    They can negotiate with Williams all the way until their time on the clock expires. They'll still take Bush. It's not like they must have the player signed before they select him.
  13. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    It is a confirmed done deal by Houston Radio on my way home about 15 minutes ago.

    That the Texans are going to draft Williams #1

    Sports radio 610; the host Lance Zierlein from the morning crew got it from inside contact source.

    Mark it down (By the way 610 is the home of the Texans radio)
  14. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    I still see Bush holding up a Texans jersey tomorrow. Let's see who blinks first.
  15. DBoys

    DBoys New Member

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    NFL Network, FOX, and local Houston radio reports MArio has been signed and will go #1
  16. Natedawg44

    Natedawg44 Active Member

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    I would pay a premier defensive end before I would a running back. No one would even give up a 2nd rounder for the league MVP or edge last year. Running backs are a dime a dozen. They already have domanick davis. No since spending all of your salary cap dollars at one position where at most he might give you 8-9 years if you are extremely lucky due to his size. Look at how many years Bruce Smith played compared to some great running backs.
  17. silver

    silver Well-Known Member

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    will the contract be void if they don't draft Williams?

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