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Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:32 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 10:10 pm
WilliamsBy Josh Katzowitz

With Houston’s Mario Williams set to hit the free agent market, there’s a real question whether it's worth it for the Texans to re-sign the former No. 1 overall pick to what will be an enormous long-term contract.

As the Houston Chronicle points out, the Texans would have to go to some length in order to free enough salary cap room to make Williams a strong-enough long-term offer. And if the Texans allow him to get to free agency, John McClain writes, “there are teams with so much cap room and such a desperate need for pass rushers that he could end up with the largest contract of any defensive player in league history.”

Williams, though, isn’t necessarily interested in hitting that kind of milestone. Or so he says right now.

"I'm not worried about that,” Williams told the team’s website, via Rapid Reporter Brandon Williams. “Money is money at the end of the day, and it's really not that big of a deal for me. Whatever fits best for me and the team, whichever it may be, then so be it."

Free agency starts soon
Williams obviously doesn’t have to be as concerned about money because his rookie contract paid him $54 million over six years, and though his next deal likely will far exceed that money total, Williams apparently doesn’t feel he has to cash in as large this time around.

Besides, he really enjoys Houston.

“I love it here,” Williams said. “We’ve got everything we need here. The team is right where it needs to be. The pieces fit, but it’s part of business. Whatever happens, happens.”

The Texans could franchise tag Williams, though they most likely won’t because the salary cap hit would be way too large. For now, Williams -- who said the torn pectoral that knocked him out for most of the season is 100 percent healthy -- will wait. And he seems fine to do so.

“They have to do their thing,” Williams said. “I know they have a lot on their plate getting ready for the combine and draft. So I’m just waiting. That’s part of being in this position. I tell my agent to just let me know what’s going on. Whatever he hears he’ll tell me. Once I’m told something (concrete), then we’ll sit down and talk about it. I’m not really worried about it.”

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Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:41 am

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

I agree with the post below, we would love this guy in Denver!  He'd make a great addition to an improving defense.  I like that he's not all about money, probably cause he actually manages it well.  

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:00 pm

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

I remember when they drafted him instead of bush, and everyone thougt they were crazy.  Turned out to be te better pick by far.

I hope Denver can make a move for him, I have absolutely no clue where they'd stand and thier cap situation.   But we'd take him in Denver if he'd have any interest.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:46 pm

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

I too would like to see Houston lock Arian Foster up long term. The defense was fine without Super Mario there. Foster proved that the first year wasn't a fluke. Tate is effective, but he's no Arian Foster. He's the most lethal pass catcher out of the backfield I've seen for a long time.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:15 am

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

Sometimefan, that says it all. Are you serious in believing a guy when he says the money doesn't matter? He OWES the Texans for making him the nimber one pick? Come on now, he earned that nimber one pick. Mario saying he does not care about the money and loves Texas is "PR". I visited Texas for a Texan Jet game and I do have to agree the place is the best. The people were great the stadium was awesome, the Jets with Vinny won by the way. :-)
Mario earned the big contract but if he really wants a ring I think they have a great shot next season in Texas. (Texans not Dallas)
I can't see the Texans breaking the bank though because as good as he is they did pretty well without him. Do I see him leaving for big cash, absolutely and i don't blame him. 1 play could paralize him. These players deserve the cash.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:38 am

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

Man, I'd love for him to stay and the Texans able to keep him, but I don't know if it can happen. They've got to make offers to Chris Myers, Arian Foster, Mike Briesel and Neil Rackers also.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:23 am

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

This is a perfect case of "if the money doesn't matter" he'll sign back with the Texans without breaking the bank.  As he said, all the pieces are there, they just need to stay healthy for a year, the division is there's especially if Peyton gets traded or doesn't play, and in a way he owes the Texans this for making him the Number One choice six years ago and getting all that flake for doing so.  He's made $56mil already, and the next contract will at least be equal to that - so in ten to twelve years he'll have made over $110 million dollars, I think he can survive on that dalong with the next five generations of the Williams family.  Stay and get a few rings in Texas.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:37 am

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

The Texans found out they could play without Mario Williams...the team did very well, and exceeded expectations. They might have gone to the Superbowl if Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson were healthy. They have to let him's good business sense.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:29 am

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

Not worried about the $$$$!? Right! I would bet the Texans already offered you a huge deal but you are looking for more. I don't blame you there Mr. Mario. I would do the same thing. We already see what happens when you can't play anymore (Manning). Hit them when you can. After locking up over 50 million over 6 years you should already have the kids feed and more saved than anybody you know. Just don't TO your cash. Big props for not crying during the Bush fallout and going out there and playing like a mad man.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:37 pm

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

Thim Bills are way too cheap to pay this guy the 80-100million he's going to get. Too bad. I'll say he ends up on the Ravens.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:35 pm

Mario Williams isn't worried about big money now

Remember the grief the Texans took for taking him over the guaranteed hall of gamer Reggie Bush

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