Time for Enterprising Speculation
Lost amid all the activity the past few days might have been the
signing of back-up tight end Joel Dreesen to a three-year contract
for a total worth either $3.2
million or $3.6
million depending on the source. Given the low tender as a restricted
free agent (RFA) on Thursday, the contract was signed during a hectic
window of time for the team, initially leading this outsider to
believe that the Texans front office has some good multi-taskers
more I think about it though, the more I think there might be something
underneath the surface. Advanced warning and full disclosure: I
have nothing concrete here beyond Dreesen’s signing, just
a peculiar set of circumstances.
Dreesen inked a deal for almost the same amount of dough and the
exact number of years that many
of you think is too much for another RFA, David
Anderson. Maybe there’s less concern because Dreesen is
one heartbeat away from being “TE1”, and that makes
it okay. Fine, I can agree with that line of thinking.
But the timing is a little strange, as if the Texans caught wind
that another team was looking to sign Dreesen to an offer sheet.
Or was the urgency pursued as a safety valve because of outside
interest in Owen Daniels?
The scuttlebutt has been that the Bills
had their eye on Daniels, at least before he was given the 1st
+ 3rd round RFA tender. Maybe they or another team re-positioned
their sights on Dreesen?
Even without any more than what is here on the surface, I doubt
Daniels would be too chagrined about Dreesen getting locked
up before him. Dreesen's total contract value is less than a
half million or so more than Daniels' high tender this year.
Still, just as David Anderson's offer sheet has shown, other teams
in the league probably have taken notice that the Texans had a darn
fine offense in 2008.
Some surprising news yesterday about the trade of Patriots quarterback
Matt Cassel to the Chiefs involved the Broncos reportedly fielding
offers for their quarterback, Jay Cutler, in an effort to acquire
head coach Josh McDaniels was Cassel’s offensive coordinator
last year, so a bromance
must have been born. Let’s just hope the two of them stopped
short at getting matching ankle tattoos.
guess who has two thumbs and is
pissed? Yep, that would be Jay Cutler.
this is Denver South, it is tough to blame Texans fans for engaging
in their own speculation about the team’s possible interest
in Cutler. Of course, head coach Gary Kubiak does not have any firsthand
familiarity in coaching Cutler, as the Broncos drafted Cutler after
Kubiak had already arrived in Houston (and er… pledged his
commitment to coaching up Mister
how invested, not just financially but emotionally, the Texans are
in their own starting quarterback, Matt Schaub, I am having a hard
time setting my mind adrift on this fantasy, which is saying something
enjoy pondering the improbable.
I’ll let you have your fun by saying this: If the Texans were
going consider the notion of trading Schaub, there might be no better
time than the present, at least from a salary cap perspective.
signed a six-year contract in 2007, but it was broken in half by
a major $10 million option bonus due to him after the 2009 season.
that option bonus has not been executed yet (to my knowledge, at
least), that means if Schaub were traded now, then the team would
only need to accelerate the unamortized bonuses already committed
to him, leaving that $10 million to whatever team received him,
assuming the contract isn't re-worked.
original signing bonus was $4.5 million, split six ways at $750k
per year on the salary cap. With this year and three more remaining,
the dead money on the deal if Schaub was traded would just be $4
million. Compare that to his $6.95 million base salary this year.
course, Cutler wouldn’t be free. He was a first round pick
in 2006, and his rookie contract is
formidable. And would it be fair to add here that Cutler has
Type I diabetes? I guess so, though very much worth mentioning is
he is reportedly adjusting
to the chronic condition rather well.
money aside, giving up Schaub plus a high draft pick is too much
compensation for me to strike a deal. I'm just not ready to sell
Schaub short. Yes, he's been hurt, but he has suffered illegal
hits in getting hurt.
came back after his injury and played better than ever. In those
last four games, he posted a 95.2 QB rating to go with his big wins
against the Packers and Titans. He is reaching that magical
point in the Kubiak offense where QBs turn the corner and take
I’m sorry, Cutler. I will not ask Picard to make it so. Nor
will I ask Picard for further input, either.
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