http://www.inthebullseye.com/cap2009.html Judging from the inthebullseye.com salary cap info, the Texans should have quite a bit of money to work with. As it stands, they have almost $30 million available before resigning thier free agents. If they cut some of the dead weight (e.g. Ahman Green, Anthony Weaver, and Morlon Greenwood) they can save 4.8 million, 4.8 million, and 3.5 million respectively for a total of 13.1 million. Dead money for each would be 2 million, 1.5 million, and 2.7 million for a total of about 6.2 million. In my opinion you could get two top end free agents for the 13.1 million that would be saved by cutting this dead weight which should more than make up for the 6 million in dead money. Even if they got rid of these three guys and gave someone an Asante Samuel type contract at $9 million per season, they would still come out ahead. That would give them a total of about $43 million to work with. The unrestricted free agents are: Brown, C.C. Bruener, Mark Faggins, Demarcus Ferguson, Nick Kalu, N.D. Pittman, Bryan Robinson, Dunta White, Chris Zgonina, Jeff I assume they will make an effort to resign Dunta and possibly Nick Ferguson and Chris White. Maybe also CC Brown. I cannot see them resigning Petey, Kalu (retired), Pittman, or Zgonina. Restricted free agents are: Anderson, David Butler, Rashad Daniels, Owen Dreesen, Joel Jackson, Scott McClover, Stanley I expect they will want to resign Daniels, Anderson, and Dreesen. They also have to think about the core guys whose contracts will expire in 2009 including Chester Pitts, Kevin Walter, Kris Brown, and Demeco Ryans. They may want to get them contract extensions now. Based upon this, they should have plenty of cap room to sign some additional free agents, even one or two top end guys. Really, the Texans are not that far away from being contenders if they can get their defense fixed. The addition of just one impact player like Asomugha or Peppers could make a profound difference in the competetiveness of the team. It would also totally change the draft strategy to know that we had a top CB or DE locked up. I really don't see it as being too unlikely for them to pursue one of these guys as all of the Casserly dead money is now gone and it seems the Texans have moved into a "win now" mode. We were all pretty surprised when they pulled the trigger on Schaub. They also gave Ahman Green a pretty big contract. Thoughts?