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Default Derrick Ward mentions Texans (signs with Tampa 3/2)

(Rotoworld) Appearing on the Jim Rome Show Wednesday, free agent Derrick Ward mentioned the Browns, Texans, and Cardinals as potential landing spots.
Analysis: Ward offers rare three-down ability, fresh legs, and is coming off a season in which he averaged 5.6 YPC. He talked about playing with Steve Slaton and would be a clear upgrade over Jamal Lewis or Edgerrin James. All three clubs have enough cap room to meet Ward's $4M-per-year asking price.


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Edit: Here is the link to the segment. and you do have wait for the end for the mention.

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Whether he signs with us or not, this is a great indicator of where our plucky little Texans are heading.

Respectability, baby! We are out of the hinterlands. Good free agents now want to play for the Houston Texans.
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Whether he signs with us or not, this is a great indicator of where our plucky little Texans are heading.

Respectability, baby! We are out of the hinterlands. Good free agents now want to play for the Houston Texans.
If the Cardinals and Browns are the company of "respectability" then I want no part of it.

So far as Ward goes, does anyone know how he is at the goal line? I know he has great hands, but we need someone who's effective in short yardage situations, in addition to having the ability to handle ~20 carries in case of an injury to Slaton.

$4M is a bit hefty, but if he can be effective then he might be worth it.
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If the Cardinals and Browns are the company of "respectability" then I want no part of it.

So far as Ward goes, does anyone know how he is at the goal line? I know he has great hands, but we need someone who's effective in short yardage situations, in addition to having the ability to handle ~20 carries in case of an injury to Slaton.

$4M is a bit hefty, but if he can be effective then he might be worth it.
I was thinking the same thing.
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It's not about the Browns, guys. It's about Derrick Ward wanting to play for the Texans.
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Whether he signs with us or not, this is a great indicator of where our plucky little Texans are heading.

Respectability, baby! We are out of the hinterlands. Good free agents now want to play for the Houston Texans.
Oh I'm sure the 40 something mil under the cap that we have helps out alot too.
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If the Cardinals and Browns are the company of "respectability" then I want no part of it.

So far as Ward goes, does anyone know how he is at the goal line? I know he has great hands, but we need someone who's effective in short yardage situations, in addition to having the ability to handle ~20 carries in case of an injury to Slaton.

$4M is a bit hefty, but if he can be effective then he might be worth it.
So far I remember Jacobs being in the goal line situations most. But really Steve has shown some skills at the 1yd line. A good amount of his TDs came from the goal line. The problem is we don't usually get to the one. Our offense either turns over the ball inside the 20 or scores from outside the 20.
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Whether he signs with us or not, this is a great indicator of where our plucky little Texans are heading.

Respectability, baby! We are out of the hinterlands. Good free agents now want to play for the Houston Texans.
Well, I will believe it when i see good free agents playing for us as opposed to simply saying it. Remember when Orlando Pace claimed he wanted to play for us and in reality it was a ploy to get more $ out of St. Louis? Yeah, how do we know that is not happening now?
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He could have said the Lions, Seahawks and San Fran...
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If the Cardinals and Browns are the company of "respectability" then I want no part of it.
So far as Ward goes, does anyone know how he is at the goal line? I know he has great hands, but we need someone who's effective in short yardage situations, in addition to having the ability to handle ~20 carries in case of an injury to Slaton.

$4M is a bit hefty, but if he can be effective then he might be worth it.
You want no part of the SB?The Cards did. I know rare, but most would take the appearance.

It really is the fact that a FA mentions here when in the past it may have been great facilities, etc but also a wasteland of a team.
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So far I remember Jacobs being in the goal line situations most. But really Steve has shown some skills at the 1yd line. A good amount of his TDs came from the goal line. The problem is we don't usually get to the one. Our offense either turns over the ball inside the 20 or scores from outside the 20.
We had some troubles in short yardage situations, especially against teams with bigger fronts. I remember one time where we were stuffed 3 times in a row at the goal line.

I guess it's hard to gauge how Ward is in short yardage given who he was behind.
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Well, I will believe it when i see good free agents playing for us as opposed to simply saying it. Remember when Orlando Pace claimed he wanted to play for us and in reality it was a ploy to get more $ out of St. Louis? Yeah, how do we know that is not happening now?
What we don't know is that Pace played us. That is just fan speculation. The Rams matched the offer we made. I would suspect many players would choose to stay with the team that drafted them and where they had friends on the team and were established in the community.
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What we don't know is that Pace played us. That is just fan speculation. The Rams matched the offer we made. I would suspect many players would choose to stay with the team that drafted them and where they had friends on the team and were established in the community.
I expect Dunta to do the same thing. Shop himself, then re-sign with the Texans.
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Hey it came from Ward's mouth. I think the keywords in that whole report is that all 3 teams have enough room to fit his asking price. I would assume that he is someone we would like but will not break the bank for, especially when the draft if very deep at RB.
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$4 million is way to high a price to sign a change of pace back. I don't care how much cap room we have we cannot go throwing the checkbook around. That stuff catches up with you eventually. He will not be a starting RB so I would sign him to half that, but no chance @ $4 mil.
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I would love to have D. Ward. He wears # 34 too, he would have to talk to Barber about that number though. It would be nice to see a 34 in the backfield. If we could get it done, that would be niiiiiice.
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Hey it came from Ward's mouth. I think the keywords in that whole report is that all 3 teams have enough room to fit his asking price. I would assume that he is someone we would like but will not break the bank for, especially when the draft if very deep at RB.
That's the thing that works against us: Kubiak likes to draft RBs. If he doesn't draft them, he signs broken-down RBs like Ahman Green and Chris Brown...we'd have nothing to do with a young, proven free-agent RB.

I stand by my claim that Kubiak has this deal of wanting to find the diamond-in-the-rough RB that nobody could've imagined would be so awesome. He evidently thought that he could resurrect Chris Brown's career, too, and that would have been a huge story in the NFL that would've made Kubiak look like a genius. Other teams do this crap, too, such as thinking they can rehabilitate David Carr somehow.

If Derrick Ward lists us a possible landing spot, and based on what he has done last season when Jacobs was out for a long time, I would say we should sign the guy. $4 million a year? Give him $5 million if that's what it takes. RBs are hit and miss. Derrick Ward has skills.

I don't care what he can do near the goal line, at least not as much as caring about all the other stuff he can do between the goal lines. In short: If Steve Slaton goes down, like Jacobs did last year, we need a SUITABLE running back like Ward (not a "project" guy who "might" do well).

Arizona and Cleveland are two teams that stand a great chance at getting into a bidding war for him, though: Cards know they need to settle that position, as do the Browns.
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That's the thing that works against us: Kubiak likes to draft RBs. If he doesn't draft them, he signs broken-down RBs like Ahman Green and Chris Brown...we'd have nothing to do with a young, proven free-agent RB.

I stand by my claim that Kubiak has this deal of wanting to find the diamond-in-the-rough RB that nobody could've imagined would be so awesome. He evidently thought that he could resurrect Chris Brown's career, too, and that would have been a huge story in the NFL that would've made Kubiak look like a genius. Other teams do this crap, too, such as thinking they can rehabilitate David Carr somehow.

If Derrick Ward lists us a possible landing spot, and based on what he has done last season when Jacobs was out for a long time, I would say we should sign the guy. $4 million a year? Give him $5 million if that's what it takes. RBs are hit and miss. Derrick Ward has skills.

I don't care what he can do near the goal line, at least not as much as caring about all the other stuff he can do between the goal lines. In short: If Steve Slaton goes down, like Jacobs did last year, we need a SUITABLE running back like Ward (not a "project" guy who "might" do well).

Arizona and Cleveland are two teams that stand a great chance at getting into a bidding war for him, though: Cards know they need to settle that position, as do the Browns.
I agree. Plus he makes big time plays and the more play makers we get on offense the less our offense is off the field.
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I expect Dunta to do the same thing. Shop himself, then re-sign with the Texans.
Mmkay......maybe not.
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It's not about the Browns, guys. It's about Derrick Ward mentioning teams that have money under the salary cap that I can pit against each other and hopefully get a larger contract.
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