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 11-18-2004 #1 Mistril48 All Pro     Join Date: May 2004 Location: Houston Posts: 548 Rep Power: 11 Packers Terrific 12 v. Texan Terrific 12 Old Posting (new posting below) In a salary cap regime like the NFL, the value of a player is a function of his performance measured against his cap value. A non-expansion NFL team typically drafts 12 players (the “T12” if you will) in the first 3 rounds over a 4 year period. These 12 players are particularly valuable to a franchise in a salary cap regime, because they typically have much lower cap values than players signed through free agency. For example, Chester Pitts has a 2004 cap value of \$705,000, but Steve McKinney has a 2004 cap value of \$3,050,000. Typically, an impact player becomes a free agent after four accrued years and either leaves, or receives his first big free agency contract. Each year, a franchise typically loses 3 first day drafted players to free agency (unless they re-sign the players) and get three replacements through the draft, thereby maintaining their T12 (in some cases, of course, a player drafted to be a T12 player won’t work out and a team may end up with less than 12, or a second day drafted player may excel, like Domanick Davis, thereby creating more than 12). McKinney, Bradford, Wong, Smith and Wade are all examples of four year players who got big raises to come to the Texans for their 5th year. In the 2002 season, the Texans first year, they only had 5 T12 (1 first, 2 second and 2 third), while all the other teams had 12. Bummer. Unlike the Panthers and the Jaguars, the Texans weren’t given any extra first round picks. Hard to compete. The good news is the Texans have now caught up, thanks to expansion picks and Charlie Casserly’s astute trades. They now have 12 players who they drafted on the first day. The Texans now have a T12 like other NFL teams. Good. New Posting How does the Texans next opponent, the Packers’, T12 compare with the Texans’ T12? . . YR . . Texans (only 3 yrs) . . . . . YR . . . Packers (4 yrs) F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .’01 .DE Jamaal Reynolds (rel) I. . ’02 . QB David Carr . . . . . . . . . . .’02 WR Javon Walker R . ’03 . WR Andre Johnson . . . . . . . .‘03 .LB Nick Barnett S . ’04 . CB Dunta Robinson . . . . . . . ’04 .CB Ahmad Carroll T . ’04 . LB Jason Babin S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .’01 WR Robert Ferguson E . ’02 . WR Jabar Gaffney C . ’02 . OL Chester Pitts O . ’03 . TE Benny Joppru N . ’04 . RB Tony Hollings D T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ’01 DB Bhawoh Jue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .'01 LB Torrance Marshall H . ’02 . OL Fred Weary . . . . . . . . . . .’02 DB Marques Anderson (Raiders) . . .’02 . OL Charles Hill (released) I . .’03 . LB Antwan Peek . . . . . . . . . . ’03 DE Kenny Peterson . . .’03 . OL Seth Wand R . .’03 .QB Dave Ragone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ’04 CB Joey Thomas D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ’04 DT Donnell Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ’04 . P B J. Sanders We’ve drafted 13 first day players and the Packers have drafted 12 first day players. The Texans have generated 7 starters (Carr, Johnson, Gaffney, Pitts, Wand, Babin, Robinson) and the Packers have generated 4 starters (I think – Ferguson, Walker, Barnett, Carroll). . . . . . . Texans (only 3 yrs) . . . . . . . . . Packers (4 yrs) . . . . . . QB David Carr . . . . . . QB Dave Ragone . . . . . . RB Tony Hollings . . . . . .WR Andre Johnson . . . . . . . . . . WR Javon Walker . . . . . .WR Jabar Gaffney . . . . . . . . . . .WR Robert Ferguson . . . . . . TE Benny Joppru . . . . . .OL Chester Pitts . . . . . .OL Seth Wand . . . . . .OL Fred Weary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P . B J. Sanders . . . . . .DL Charles Hill (released) . . . . . . . .DE Kenny Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DT Donnell Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DE Jamaal Reynolds (rel) . . . . . .LB Jason Babin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LB Nick Barnett . . . . . .LB Antwan Peek . . . . . . . . . . . . . LB Torrance Marshall . . . . . .CB Dunta Robinson . . . . . . . . . . . .CB Ahmad Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CB Joey Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DB Bhawoh Jue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DB Marques Anderson (Raiders) Would you trade our players, above, for their players, above? I don’t think so. Old Posting And the news gets better for the Texans. In 2005, the Texans should keep all of their T12 (none will have four accrued years) and add 4 new members through the 2005 draft (1 first, 1 second and 2 thirds), giving them a total of 16 T12. Great news! . . YR . . Texans (4 yrs) F. .‘02 . QB David Carr I . ’03 . WR Andre Johnson R . ’04 . CB Dunta Robinson S . ‘04 . LB Jason Babin T . ’05 . . . . P I C K S . ’02 . WR Jabar Gaffney E . ’02 . OL Chester Pitts C . ’03 . TE Benny Joppru O . ’04 . RB Tony Hollings N . ’05 . . . . P I C K D . . ‘02 . OL Fred Weary T . ’02 . OL Charles Hill (released) H . ’03 . LB Antwan Peek I . ‘03 . OL Seth Wand R . ‘03 . QB Dave Ragone D . ’05 . . . . P I C K . .. ’05 . . . . P I C K

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