Texans Wheeling and Dealing, Breaking From 8-8 Season

By PFC Writer Wayne Lin

The trade between the Texans and the Vikings became official. Sage Rosenfels will be sent to Minnesota to compete for a starting position while the Texans will receive a fourth round draft pick. Before the trade was finalized, the Vikings and Texans couldn’t agree on acceptable compensation until a fourth round pick was materialized on the part of the Vikings. This could work in favor of the Texans who will have a full complement of draft picks and one extra. If they draft well, particularly in the fourth round and below stages of the draft, they can not only save money on hidden jewels, but have a cornerstone from which to work in years to come.

Another big move for the Texans was signing one of the coveted defensive players in free agency, Antonio Smith. Smith played for the Cardinals in ’08, just days after letting go of another defensive end, Anthony Weaver who ended his career with the Texans with only one sack. The Texans look to be one of the busiest teams in the off season, attempting to bolster their lineup before the draft.

One more position Houston wanted to bolster was the backup position to Matt Schaub. They filled that hole relatively quickly with the signing of Dan Orlovsky, who started seven games in Detroit. Orlovsky passed for 1616 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions, good for a quarterback rating of 72.6. Orlovsky’s legacy will be playing and starting for the first 0-16 in NFL history, but his fortunes could change quickly in Houston if Matt Schaub goes down with an injury. Orlovsky and the Texans agreed on a three-year deal. This could also bode well for the development of Orlvosky.

Free agency is only a few days old, but the Texans are making early splashes and they continue to hit the free agency market, showing no signs of slowing down. The sky’s the limit for the Texans who still have cap space to work with. For the Texans, the only thing standing in their way from competing in ’09 is themselves.