Originally Posted by Bulls on Parade
Agreed. It didn't get to that point of offering a contract but had it, no question the Texans would have found a way to finalize a deal. Creating that kind of cap space to sign a star player is merely getting a handful of players to restructure their deals. It's not as difficult as people make it seem, especially after the Texans had already cleared a lot of salary last off-season. Mind you, this was before the Texans extended Schaub's contract, which is currently going to make more than Tom Brady of all players (after his clever restructuring).
Bob McNair was interviewed on ABC 13 about a week before Peyton signed with Denver and said the Texans certainly weren't surprised by his interest. But Bob McNair also reinforced the concerns the team had with his injuries, and expressed the faith they had in Matt Schaub, and said the organization already had an elite quarterback they were confident could lead them to the Super Bowl.
1. Too much risk, health-wise.
2. Too much risk, financially, when you kick too many cans down the road.
(I compare this to the US government deficit-spending that brought us to this mess.)
The Brady's restructuring deal, for example, comes with a big risk.
If Brady was to get injured (even in PS), like he did a few years back, the Pats will be in big doo-doo with all the guaranteed money already spent.