Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by Mailman, Feb 28, 2009.
Just reported on NFLN
Five years 35 million. 12.5 guaranteed.
Anthony Weaver clone.
Really? Anthony Weaver had one sack in three years. Antonio Smith had 14 and a half sacks over the same period.
Let's stop this nonsense now.
I don't know how much more he offers us over Weaver. We'll see. I don't think its a bad pickup though.
On the bright side it's only twice what he should have gotten!
Pretty much. Hopefully he'll be what Weaver was supposed to be, instead of the sorry sack we got.
Weaver produced similar numbers before he got his big payday.
The Texans have signed Arizona defensive lineman Antonio Smith to replace Anthony Weaver at left defensive end. Weaver was waived earlier this week. Smith, 27, spent his first five seasons with Arizona and started for the Cardinals in their Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith came to Houston on Friday night and spent Saturday meeting with Texans coach Gary Kubiak and his assistants while general manager Rick Smith negotiated a multiyear, multimillion dollar contract with Antonio Smith's agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
Source: Houston Chronicle
Can't judge the guy until he plays in our system.
We know what Weaver did for us and at what price tag.
Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water on this one.
That was my initial reaction when I heard we were interested but the more I see about him the less I'm worried. Weaver was a product of the Baltimore defense. Smith is more athletic and should be able to make some plays for us. I would prefer a smaller end and having Mario be the strongside guy but this is not a terrible alternative. If we find a nice pass rusher in the draft this guy, unlike Weaver, can do some damage rushing the passer from the DT spot.
Well one thing about it, they dont have to force a DE pick in the first. Both the NFLn guys Lombardi and Adam Scheftner liked the pick up. And both projected we aren't done yet on the defensie side....
Denver just signed Dawkins.
Hopefully he lives up to the contract
Exactly, and in this draft that's a very good thing if you're drafting 15th.
The contract doesn't seem to be that huge of an albatros.
I LOVE the pickup. I think he will be a lot better than Weaver, but maybe that is just me. I don't think the Texans overpaid to get him either. Great pick up in my opinion.
I guess the Texans look OLB with their #1 pick?
NICE! I really like AS! And I don't think he's a Dream Weaver Clone! I think he will do just fine!!
But weaver went from a 3-4 DE to a 4-3 DE and Smith is going from a 4-3 DE to the same here. Not to mention Dick Smith is gone and his dropping the DE back into coverage all the time.
Here's a scouting report on him...
Smith is a fifth-year player who started 10 games during the regular season. He has good size and strength and uses good technique versus the run or pass. He is versatile enough to line up inside or outside and the Cardinals have utilized his versatility in a variety of roles within their schemes. Against the run, he has good initial quickness with very good hand placement. He can stack, slip off contact quickly and shows good reactions to blocking schemes. He gives good effort to the ball and has enough lateral quickness to flow effectively down the line or give good backside chase. As a pass-rusher, he has good strength to push the pocket as an inline rusher. Smith also uses his hands well to work off the frame or to counter contact in a tight area. He has good short-area quickness with the ability to flip or change directions quickly, which allows him to be effective on twists and stunts. Overall, Smith is a good technician who plays with solid effort. He is a versatile player that can take reps inside or outside, depending on the situation.
Smith is graded at 73 (70-79 is a good starter)
Weaver is graded at 61 (60-69 is an average starter)
I like it. Our draft just got a little bit easier.
Would've been more interested in Bertrand Berry but, I'll take Bush's word on the guy. I'm guessing this takes DE off the list for 1st round selection. Might look for a good situational rusher. Still thinking we'll be looking for the best LB available.
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