After 5 years of ninja-like activities as a Houston Texan, Antonio Smith will be throwing the ninja smoke bomb, and disappearing from Houston. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
One DE who had flow under the radar? Antonio Smith, ex-#Texans star. He has 2 visits lined up and 4 teams interested. Should be this week
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2014
Like many moves that the Texans will make this offseason and in free agency, this should not come as a surprise. Smith is going to want more money than the Texans can dish out.
Which leads me to my next question. What’s the market value for Smith? He’s 32 years old, averages roughly 5 sacks and 30 tackles per season. He’s been nothing short of consistent while playing for the Texans. Is there a team willing to overpay for his services? Will someone give Antonio Smith, Ed Reed money?
While doing some digging on trying to find out which teams might be interested in Smith, I came across this on Rotoworld.com:
Smith’s market has been nothing but crickets so far, so his agent is stirring the pot on the eve of free agency. Still, we’re not surprised there’s significant interest. Although Smith is 32 years old, he’s missed a total of two games over the last five seasons while picking up 27 sacks during that span. He’s an asset as an interior pass rusher in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
Smith is looking for his last big payday before he’s throws in the towel. You can’t really blame him.
As we get closer to the draft, I’m feeling more and more confident that the Houston Texans will be drafting Jadeveon Clowney #1 overall.
Here are the other rumors floating around:
Here’s a look at the Houston Texans Salary Cap and Free Agents:
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