Coach C, cadahnic, and I will be collaborating on a couple of posts over the next few weeks about what the Texans should do over the offseason. We'll start with just the contract values for all of our current players next year and the cap hit we would take for trading or cutting them. I warn you this post is quite long, but very informative for those of you who want a thorough understanding of the offseason possibilties for our team. QBs David Carr.............$7,256,160 to keep, $6,018,480 if cut/traded, 26 years old, signed thru 2008: Keep him, he is the franchise QB for now. Tony Banks...........$1,256,160 to keep, $406,160 if cut/traded, 32 years old, signed thru 2006: I think we would cut him and maybe look for a cheaper veteran. Dave Ragone.........Restricted Free Agent, 26 years old: I have to believe we will sign him to a one-year tender, no one will make a qualifying offer. RBs Domanick Davis......$3,806,160 to keep, $8,424,640 if cut/traded, 25 years old, signed thru 2009: Whether people like it or not we've signe him as our franchise RB. Moran Norris..........$866,160 to keep, $412,320 if cut/traded, 27 years old, signed thru 2007: Keep him, I don't usually like spending that much on a FB but he's young and pretty good. Jonathan Wells.......Unrestricted Free Agent, 26 years old: Keep him, he's a decent big, short-yardage back and a great special teams player, only made $662,160 this year so we should be able to sign him for a similar amount. Tony Hollings.........$699,410 to keep, $239,410 if cut/traded, 24 years old, signed thru 2006: Not sure why we drafted him but he's hardly played, not even on special teams, and isn't worth keeping around. He's not earning much but won't cost much to cut and the roster spot could be used better elsewhere. Vernand Morencey..$505,160 to keep, $390,320 if cut/traded, 25 years old, signed thru 2007: Keep him, a decent RB as a rookie and decent on special teams when used, if nothing else keep him thru his rookie contract and maybe get an additional draft pick as a restricted free agent in a couple years. WRs Andre Johnson.......$7,383,104 to keep, $7,149,312 if cut/traded, 24 years old, signed thru 2008: Keep him, he will be a super star if used properly. Corey Bradford.......Unrestricted Free Agent, 29 years old: By all means please do not resign him. Jabar Gaffney........Unrestricted Free Agent, 25 years old: I hope we keep him, he hasn't put up great numbers and isn't real fast, but he catches almost everything thrown near him and could do much better with a new offensive system. He may be looking to go somewhere else though and I'm not sure I could blame him. Derick Armstrong....Restricted Free Agent, 26 years old: I'm not sure on him, he has great hands but isn't real fast and unlike Gaffney hasn't shown the ability to consistently get open, although he hasn't been used very much either. Since he is a restricted free agent I'd sign him to a one-year tender and hope the new offensive coach can do something with him. Jerome Mathis.......$428,160 to keep, $236,320 if cut/traded, 22 years old, signed thru 2007: No reason to consider not keeping him, has been great on special teams and is developing as a WR. Hopefully a new coaching group will continue to develop him and use him more on offense. TEs Mark Bruener.........$1,014,493 to keep, $139,493 if cut/traded, 33 years old, signed thru 2006: He is getting older and slower, but he is still one of the best blocking TEs in the NFL and has become a team leader. Economics says it would be good to cut him, but without a clear replacement as the main TE I would tend to keep him another year when his contract runs out. Bennie Joppru........$874,910 to keep, $414,910 if cut/traded, signed thru 2006: I say give him one more chance. We spent the draft pick on him and have heard how good he was supposed to be, and since it's the last year on his contract and it doesn't save much to cut him, give him one more shot at becoming our main pass-cathing TE. Marcellus Rivers.....Unrestricted Free Agent, 27 years old; I think he has started to look better as a TE and could be a decent blocking/receiving TE for the future, so I would be inclined to sign him to a one or two year deal in case Joppru doesn't come thru again next year. Matt Murphy.........Restricted Free Agent, 25 years old: Haven't seen much out of him, has a body like Bruener (bigger actually) and seems more athletic, haven't gotten an indication of his catching ability yet, so I'd probably sign him to a one-year tender and see what he can do with a new coaching staff. OL Steve McKinney.....$4,706,160 to keep, $806,160 if cut/traded, 30 years old, signed thru 2006: He hasn't looked very good this year and I can't see us paying an extra $4 million to keep him around another year. Zach Wiegert........$4,206,160 to keep, $1,412,320 if cut/traded, 33 years old, signed thru 2007: He is still a pretty good OG and even OT when healthy, I would like to see him stick around one more year at OG and by then we should have a capable replacement, and he's relatively expensive to cut this year. Todd Wade...........$5,172,827 to keep, $6,691,308 if cut/traded, 29 years old, signed thru 2009: Not sure why we gave him so much money, but that's what we've done with our FAs. I don't like him as a RT anymore and I'm not sure he can adjust real well to OG, but he is way too expensive to cut this year and probably even next year. Hopefully we draft Winston to play RT and Wade can adjust to OG. Chester Pitts.........$3,180,000 to keep, $9,700,000 if cut/traded, 26 years old, signed thru 2009: He has looked much better the second half of the year as a LT, and is definitely staying on the team. As I said with Wade, I'd like to see us draft Winston to play RT, and maybe switch Winston and Pitts at some point later in the year or in 2007. Victor Riley...........Unrestricted Free Agent, 31 years old: Not sure what we were thinking bringing him here to play OT, especially LT. I can't see him possibly staying for next year. Todd Washington...$842,827 to keep, $172,827 if cut/traded, 29 years old, signed thru 2006: He's been a decent backup and can play any of the interior positions and has a pretty small cap count, so I say keep him thru the end his contract next year and reevaluate him then. Milford Brown........Restricted Free Agent, 25 years old: He has played pretty well this year and is also a pretty versatile, sign him to a one-year tender and see how the line looks at the end of next year. Fred Weary..........$694,360 to keep, $149,360 if cut/traded, 28 years old, signed thru 2006: Hasn't really done anything yet, not sure if they'll cut him or keep him for the last year on his contract. He likely won't contribute so I'd cut him depending on how many OL we can pick up in the draft. Seth Wand...........Restricted Free Agent, 26 years old: I haven't seen much good out of him but he hasn't had much of a chance this year, sign him to a one-year tender and see how he does with new coaches. He could play RT but I like Pitts much better as the LT. Bryan Pittman.......Restricted Free Agent, 28 years old: Been a pretty good long-snapper, so I'd sign the one year tender and probably sign him long-term sometime next year. He only got paid $386,160 this year anyways so he won't take up much money. Drew Hodgdon........$358,127 to keep, $96,254 if cut/traded, 24 years old, signed thru 2007: He's been pretty impressive as a rookie. He has been a solid pass blocker although not a great run blocker. Definitely keep him and let him continue to develop with a better coaching staff.