Originally Posted by tru80texan
I'm not sure how "serious" the talks could've been if by Asomugha's own admission he made the decision at the last minute because he felt the Eagles gave him the best chance to win & he admits to turning down more money to do so in the 5th or 6th paragraph of the link I provided. Asomugha strung the Texans along until a better offer came along & then he left them at the alter per say. Once again,IMO, it wasn't a genius move on Smith's behalf to move on from Asomugha, it was the only & obvious move to go to the next best thing being Joesph.
Briesel became "damaged goods" AFTER he left the Texans. Thats not why the Texans didn't sign him. It's kinda misleading to insinuate that. Briesel was overpaid & it was understandable on why the Texans didn't re-sign him for that reason & not being "damaged goods". I'm also pretty sure he didn't take a pay cut, but restructured it to a bonus.
The agent for Raiders RG Mike Brisiel clarified that his client lost no money upon restructuring his contract.
Initially believed to have taken a pay cut, Brisiel will instead receive a guaranteed roster bonus of $3 million next week in exchange for slashing his salary from $4.35 million to $1.35 million. The $3 million payment will be treated like a signing bonus and prorated over the contract's life, lowering Brisiel's 2013 salary cap charge but increasing his cap number in future years. Mar 5 - 12:15 AM
Source: Associated Press
The Niners, Jets, Cowboys, and Texans were all courting him, and Philly wasn't part of the picture yet. The Jets were the most aggressive, but at that point he had spent the most time negotiating with the Texans. When it became apparent that Joseph would be gone by the time Asomugha reached a decision, Smith pulled out of the sweepstakes and signed Joseph. That caught all other parties by surprise, and left Rob Ryan competing with Rex Ryan for him. After almost a week of that, Philly swooped in with a $60 million offer that no one saw coming. The whole thing was a circus. But negotiations ended on Smith's decision, not Asomugha's.
Not implying that Brisiel was already damaged goods, just that he's injury prone. He missed 21 games in his final three seasons in Houston, and his first season in Oakland perpetuated the trend.