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Old 07-14-2008   #1
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Football is right around the corner, and for the rookies, they have less than a week to be signed to be able to participate in TC. I donít see holdout occurring for any of our players, especially since we donít have any top 10 picks. However, with Rick Smith et al, I may have expected Okam and Adibi on a sheet by now.


Houston Texans (2/7)

1. 26 - T, Duane Brown - unsigned
3. 79 - CB, Antwaun Molden - unsigned
3. 89 - RB, Steve Slaton - unsigned
4. 118 - LB, Xavier Adibi - unsigned
5. 151 - DT, Frank Okam - unsigned
6. 173 - S, Dominique Barber - Signed (Undisclosed)
7. 223 - QB, Alex Brink - Signed (Undisclosed)

Here is a comprehensive LIST of how all the other NFL teams fare in their rookie signings (updated 7/13/08)

Hereís a summary of that list:

Overall: 93/252
Round 1: 3/31
Round 2: 2/32
Round 3: 11/36
Round 4: 15/36
Round 5: 14/31
Round 6: 23/41
Round 7: 25/45
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This is the one part of football season I hate; getting picks signed. I really wish there was a predetermined tier so we could skip this part.

Looks like we are on par with the rest of the league (bottom picks signed). Hopefully something breaks through this week; we need this guy in there.
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This is the one part of football season I hate; getting picks signed. I really wish there was a predetermined tier so we could skip this part.
Same here. I really hope a rookie wage scale is part of the next CBA (fat chance).
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Same here. I really hope a rookie wage scale is part of the next CBA (fat chance).
My thoughts exactly!! I think they should be signed before they put on a Texan jersey and walk into our facitlities. The Texans would not have picked them in the first place if they didn't already have some faith in their abilities, so, why go through all the mini camps, etc, and stress out one week before TC trying to get them signed. JMO!
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Anybody know who Brown's agent is? Sounds like Smith has been working on getting an extension for Demeco in place too. I think we've got the coaching/staff pretty much in place and are really great at drafting players/picking free agents. Now all we have to do is keep the allstar's we have (AJ extension, Demeco, Mario, etc.) Hope we never lose these guys
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Anybody know who Brown's agent is? Sounds like Smith has been working on getting an extension for Demeco in place too. I think we've got the coaching/staff pretty much in place and are really great at drafting players/picking free agents. Now all we have to do is keep the allstar's we have (AJ extension, Demeco, Mario, etc.) Hope we never lose these guys
I agree that a Rookie wage-scale is needed, both for reducing/eliminating holdouts and to encourage teams to pay the money to the vets who've earned it rather than an unproven 22 year old with a fairly high bust potential.

Still, I've actually enjoyed certain holdouts over the past few years. Brady Quinn and Jamarcus Russell come to mind quickly. It will also be interesting to see what happens with the Raiders signing McFadden. I say that based on nothing more than the fact that Al Davis will be calling the shots for the Raiders, and who knows what's going to happen when that's the case. Did he learn a lesson from Russell's holdout last year (Does he remember Russell's holdout last year), or does he really have buyers remorse for all the dollars he's already spent this off-season, and views McFadden as an opportunity to make up for it?

The one nice thing is that given past history, whatever holdout drama develops, it's unlikely to involve us, so we can just sit back and enjoy it.

Edit: Nevermind about McFadden - completely forgot he'd already signed.

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Didn't we always sign rookies on time except for Travis Johnson which is like a day after TC or something close to it? Anyway, we usually sign our rookies on time so I don't worry about that much and expecting the same for this year.

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