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How do you like your NFL team to approach Free Agency?

Discussion in 'Houston Texans' started by Nimo, Mar 13, 2019 at 10:08 AM.

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What way of thinking do you prefer?

  1. Aggressive. Get the best of the best FAs

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  2. Decisive. Target 1 or 2 top players and get them at all costs

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  3. Active but patient. Wait it out

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  4. Very Passive. Build through the draft

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  5. Look for the best deals. Come up with a price and stick to it.

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  1. Nimo

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    Different GMs/ownership have different ways of approaching free agency. So do fans. We have seen different ways work and different ways fail. What is your preference? A lot more fans were screaming "patience" on Monday than are now. I think the brief time we've had Gaine he has been somewhere between "Very Passive. Build through the draft" and "Look for the best deals". I personally prefer the decisive approach; that doesn't always work either. Where do you all stand?
     
  2. donkeypunch

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    Decisive. It's not 1 or 2 top players at any cost, its 1 or 2 positions at a higher cost if you have to. There's no way anybody can do what the pats do and be successful like them, they are on another planet. So in order to field a competitive team, you need talent and sometimes you have to pay a little over what you are comfortable with.

    After the 1 or 2 filled positions, build the rest through draft.

    So, in other words, not the Texans way.
     
  3. Nimo

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    Agreed. Everyone was curious when the Patriots went after Gilmore. But they knew who they wanted and went after him even if everyone thought they overpaid.
     
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    i just want the Texans to start taking o-line seriously and to realize that at this moment we don't have a single starting corner back that we can rely on. We need to start getting involved. No trades, small value signings that are basically downgrades from the players we lost ....what's the strategy to get better? i'm not seeing it.
     
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    Should've gone for biggest need immediately since it would mean protecting the franchise. Like @Aruba77 said, take o-line more seriously, even if that means overpaying for that player. We have the money so it really overpaying? It would make the draft less panicky.
     
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  6. Nimo

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    What? Fulton, Kelemete, and Henderson wasn't serious enough for you and @Aruba77 ? :)
     
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    After hearing "free agency hasn't even started yet, relax", "there are still good players available, relax", "It's only day one of free agency, relax", it looks like more people are starting to feel the disappointment. I caught a bit of sports radio this morning and their tone sure has changed. Hate to say we told you so but...

    At this rate, there are only two ways that I will be impressed with this off-season outside of the draft:

    1. A major trade. Preferably bringing players (Patrick Peterson, Nate Solder, Andrew Whitworth, Chris Harris, etc. ) not letting players go except it is a huge haul of draft picks (at least a 1st rounder)
    2. Someone not currently a FA becomes a FA. There is still a chance some good players get cut now or after the draft.

    Nobody currently on the FA market impresses me. One of my CB favorites from last off-season is still available, Breeland, but I'm not sure about making him a #1 shutdown corner. I still think the team is in okay shape and will find a way to have a good season. But I can't expect anything better than that.
     
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    They were approaching it just fine. But then if the heavens should smile down on you and a great player is there at a bargain price, you have to go for it. Players around the league love Watson.
    I'm still holding hope that they will trade one of the seconds with a future 3rd for an impact corner. Joseph is old, he should be the 3rd cb. We need a no.1 cover guy.
     
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    What's the Texan's approach? Let everybody leave?
     
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    "As long as NRG is sold out every week, we are content with being a mediocre franchise"
     
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  13. Nimo

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    Did the Raiders sign Trent Brown, Tyrell, Antonio Brown and still end up with more cap space than the Texans?

     
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    Texans have anywhere from $47M(OverTheCap) to $56M(NFLPA Public Report) in cap space.

    iBob wrong.
     
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    You are assuming there is an approach?
     
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    With an actual plan.
     
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  17. Nimo

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    I stand corrected?
     
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    Depends on the year and how many holes you need to feel and your chances at contention. As far as I'm concerned we need to treat every year with Deshaun like we are in a 3 or 4 year championship window -- it took us us 17 years to find a franchise QB, don't waste it.

    To me that means we should have filled at least a couple of holes with capable starters. Roby and Gibson don't really count IMO because they are directly replacing guys we let go.

    I would rarely if ever blow big money on the top player at any position though (AB, Leveon, etc). But guys that are at least capable of starting (e.g. Wade Smith a few years ago) so that you don't have to rely on the draft or current players taking a big leap forward.

    When you feel like you are especially close and have cap room, sign a slightly bigger fish or two -- this is like when we signed J-Jo and Manning in 2010.
     
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    REEKO_HTOWN I'm Rich Biiiiaaatch!

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    fix the problem holes with proven players and address depth with the draft.

    Unless you are rebuilding that's the way to do it. Watson needs to be alive if we want to win a playoff game
     
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