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Williams on target to become a $50M man

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07:57 AM ET 03.13 | The Texans believe in the momentum they've created, and are reportedly not interested in Peyton Manning, instead choosing to chase their own players. [GM] Rick Smith and vice president of administration Chris Olsen are working around the clock to try to re-sign outside linebacker Mario Williams and center Chris Myers. ... If Williams hits the open market, as expected, he'll have multiple suitors. Many long-time NFL followers believe Williams has a chance to become the highest-paid defensive player in league history. Chicago gave defensive end Julius Peppers $42 million guaranteed three years ago. Williams, who might be more inclined to sign with a team that utilizes a 4-3, could get between $45 million and $50 million guaranteed.

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March 13, 2012  08:03 AM ET

On paper... He'll end up having to redo the contract next year.

March 13, 2012  08:06 AM ET

Yeah. No team can afford to spend this much on one defensive player. Balance is more important than having a couple of stars and a bunch of grumbling, underpaid fill-ins.

March 13, 2012  08:07 AM ET

Now you why they instituted a Cap System to help the owners control themselves!! What would they do in a house filled with Hookers?

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March 13, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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Yeah. No team can afford to spend this much on one defensive player. Balance is more important than having a couple of stars and a bunch of grumbling, underpaid fill-ins.

My guess would be he stays in Houston.

March 13, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Wonder how much Reggie Bush will get on his next contract? Everyone couldn't believe Mario was picked #1 over Bush. Looks like the "media experts" aren't always right ;)

March 13, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Come on New England lets splurge a little this year and get Williams. I know it won't happen, but a man can dream. They better at least get Brandon Lloyd, though.

March 13, 2012  09:12 AM ET

I'm sure New England will offer...but not $50 million guranteed....we'll see how much you like winning when some bottom dweller like Tampa Bay offers you $15 more million than New England or Houston do

March 13, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Come on New England lets splurge a little this year and get Williams. I know it won't happen, but a man can dream.

The memory of Adalius Thomas remains. Big money, maybe. Guarantees, no way.

March 13, 2012  09:22 AM ET

50 Million in guaranteed money? Thats way to much for Williams. Let him go

March 13, 2012  09:23 AM ET

This will be a big problem if Chicago tries to get him. The Bears wouldn't want an unhappy Julius Peppers playing with a guy who makes more than him. A dilemma which probably means that the Bears are out of it.

March 13, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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This will be a big problem if Chicago tries to get him. The Bears wouldn't want an unhappy Julius Peppers playing with a guy who makes more than him. A dilemma which probably means that the Bears are out of it.

In a real sense- they could probably only have the two together for a year or two...Julius would make too much along with Mario.
Thoughts the Bears wanted to be players in the WR market

March 13, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

In a real sense- they could probably only have the two together for a year or two...Julius would make too much along with Mario. Thoughts the Bears wanted to be players in the WR market

The word is that getting Williams would solidify the D, each DE complementing the other and no more double-teams for Peppers. A much stronger D-line helps an aging LB corps, weak safeties and sometimes questionable corner play. WR is considered #2 priority with Jackson targeted primarily. However, getting one would cancel the possibility of getting the other. It's all press pipe dream stuff anyway. It's likely that Williams will stay if the Texans can get it done.

March 13, 2012  09:46 AM ET

So why is there a story that Houston is in the hunt for Manning now. Mario must have told them to pack sand and will go on the market today. His problem like others, there ain't no money for a $50m player. My guestimate is he stays in Houston and Manning passes on them. They can't afford both.

March 13, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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It's likely that Williams will stay if the Texans can get it done.

It's definite that Williams will stay if the Texans can get it done. He'll go somewhere else if they can't get it done.

March 13, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Mario is a fine end and a satisfactory LB. But he's not worth 50 million.

March 13, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Wonder how much Reggie Bush will get on his next contract? Everyone couldn't believe Mario was picked #1 over Bush. Looks like the "media experts" aren't always right ;)

Good pull...thats exactly what I pointed to last yr when the "experts" said that Cam Newton shouldnt go 1st! HA! So glad Coach Rivera & Marty Hurney didnt listen and take Blaine Gabbert like many suggested

March 13, 2012  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

On paper... He'll end up having to redo the contract next year.

WORD!!!

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March 13, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Good pull...thats exactly what I pointed to last yr when the "experts" said that Cam Newton shouldnt go 1st! HA! So glad Coach Rivera & Marty Hurney didnt listen and take Blaine Gabbert like many suggested

Unless he turns it around, Gabbert is well on his way to being a major bust.

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