Originally Posted by tru80texan
Antonio is actually under contract. It's the size of the salary that is being questioned. At a 6M base salary this upcoming season some are speculating that that could be a bit much & he could be looked at as a salary cap casualty. I too wouldn't be surprised if they drafted a DE & cut Smith. I think it could also depend on how highly they think of Crick.
This draft is quite interesting, imo, because the Texans have some holes, but in most of the positions they seem to have players they think highly of waiting in the wings & its a matter of whether or not they believe those players can develop to become key contributors or starters. Tough call on what that 1st round pick will bring. OLB is the only position I see as a must if Barwin leaves & they choose to keep Reed at ILB.
Not sure what his 2013 base is. His original cotract was restructured in April 2011 but I cannot discover how. ROTO still shows the $6m but this:
Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 4, 2011 – 1:38 pm
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, linebacker DeMeco Ryans and defensive end Antonio Smith have restructured their contracts, head coach Gary Kubiak said on Thursday morning.
Now it could have just effected the 2011 season to help get under the cap OR '11, '12 and '13. IIRC somhad had filed a guestimate on new deal but I canno tlocate.