Originally Posted by thunderkyss
Not that I disagree with you about Rick Smith's prowess, but Wade Smith was a good signing, he was excellent his first year, similar to Jjo's first year.
Then Antonio was a mixed bag. I don't think he was the guy we paid him to be, a threatening pass rusher opposite Mario, but recently with Wade, he's been playing lights out.
He got Matt Schaub through trade & he's been as productive as any QB in the league since 2008 (when he's healthy), not exactly free agency, but a decent trade for a starting QB.
Antonio was an excellent free agent signing. The Texans got value for him. As with most deals, his contract was back-loaded. For the first three years, he only counted $3-$5 million against the cap. The fact that the Texans aren't going to cut him on the last year of his deal despite the $9 million cap charge is a great indication of how valuable he has been.