Originally Posted by srrono
Do you guys think GB OLB new contract which is said to be over 13 mil a year is going to lead to Cushing leaving?
I know Cushing is a ILB which is normally paid lower than OLB but being Cushing to the Texans is as important as Mathews is too GB? I am sure Cushing will be looking to be highest paid ILB in history.
I would not be surprised if the Texans draft a ILB in the 1st round with that position being a need and to cover the potential loss of Cushing.
If I'm Rick Smith, I'd be very cautious re-signing Cushing because of his injury and PED history. I think both are factors that work in the Texans favor when/if the Texans re-sign Cushing, and the fact that ILB is a lesser paid position than OLB. It sucks that in the modern salary cap era of the NFL a team can't always re-sign the players that they draft and build. Just like losing Barwin and Quin sucked, Cushing may be a salary cap casualty. Remember Watt will be getting a new contract in a couple years and I imagine it will be huge. Rick is probably already looking down the road and positioning the team financially for that contract.