Originally Posted by thunderkyss
What's reasonable? That's what screws this whole conversation up. Antonio Smith just came off the two best seasons of his career. DL can play well into their thirties. Looking at Justin Smith we should be able to expect at least two more years from Antonio (I think).
Personally, if the Texans don't do something prior to the season starting (or shortly thereafter ala Schaub) that tells me the Texans do not have Antonio in their plans for the future. My way of thinking is that you don't let players you "need" hit free agency.
Of course if Antonio turns them down, that's another story.
So, this, "Don't sign anyone until we sign Cushing & Watt" thinking doesn't make sense to me. We're going to sign other players. As the Texans I would think they have a dollar figure at which they realize good value for Antonio Smith's services. Whatever that dollar figure is, they need to factor that into their future plans.
Fun and interesting discussion! Is Smith a "need" player? Not so sure as Crick $ .668, Jamison $. 840 and even Browner $ .495 for 2014 may impact keeping Antonio after 2013.
Again, I like Smith but $9.5m cap goes a long way to signing Cushing & Watt. Ninja is a good player but not a great player.