Don't Cut the String Dance Short
A calculated risk by general manager Rick Smith has gone awry. Hardly
more than a day after offering restricted free agent David Anderson
a "low tender", the wide receiver and Conan
O’Brien fave signed an offer sheet with the Broncos for
three years and $4.5 million, including a $1 million signing bonus.
offer Smith tendered to Anderson was worth $1.01 million with no
bonus money. Per league rules, it contained the right of first refusal
by the Texans, and should the Texans decline to match the offer
from the Broncos in the next seven days, they stand to gain a seventh
round pick in return.
offer sheet from the Broncos could have been avoided had Smith chosen
to give Anderson a second round RFA tender worth $1.545 million.
No team, including the Broncos, would have been willing to relinquish
that high of a draft pick for what might be a solid slot/third receiver.
Smith chose not to spend the extra $500,000 to avoid the risk, perhaps
signaling that Anderson’s contract may not be worthy of matching
in his eyes, especially at the expense of a draft pick, albeit it
a last round selection.
that would be a damn shame.
who turns 26 in July, has certainly outlived his draft status as
the last round pick of what has been easily the team’s best-ever
draft in 2006, a haul that included Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans,
Eric Winston, and Owen Daniels. He caught 19 passes for 241 yards
in 2008, two of which went for touchdowns.
perhaps the fourth receiver on the depth chart, the Texans might
balk at slotting his cap figure as high as the Broncos are prepared
to do. With Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, and Andre Davis ahead of
him (and with serious money already committed to Johnson and Davis),
Anderson’s role on the team would likely be limited this year
just as it was a year ago.
the potential exists for Anderson to assume greater responsibilities
as a slot receiver, playing more snaps than ever before, assuming
his progress continues. The Broncos must see this potential. Their
new head coach, Josh McDaniels, the 32-year old former offensive
coordinator of the Patriots, probably sees a bit of the “slot
machine” Wes Welker in Anderson and is luring Anderson with
the chance to return to the state of Coloado, his college football
the Texans also signed a former seventh round wide receiver to an
offer sheet four years ago. Walter had been similarly buried on
the Bengals’ depth chart, and the Texans wanted him to the
tune of four years and $6.8 million. It has turned out to be a terrific
his final season with the Bengals, Walter registered 19 receptions
for 211 yards and one touchdown, eerily similar stats to Anderson’s
last year. At the time, the Bengals felt they had a formidable corps
of receivers, including Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and a
then-promising Chris Henry.
Texans must feel equally confident in their trio of receivers, if
not maybe moreso, assuming Smith has intentions of extending Walter’s
contract, which expires a year from now. But just as the Bengals
are learning, a lot can change in a short amount of time.
the Texans really that good to let young talent slip away too easily?
With their other youthful receiver Jacoby Jones apparently on the
trading block, how comfortable is the team’s depth should
either Johnson, Walter, or Davis get hurt this season?
hair and dance
moves for a moment, his impact to the offense could be greater
than ever in 2009, and that’s even if everyone remains healthy.
Until the Texans prove they are good enough to produce a winning
season, they shouldn’t be too eager to dismiss the sort of
player that can help them reach that potential.
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