Along with discussing Mario Williams and other impending free agents, and the release of right tackle Eric Winston, Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair explained once and for all on Tuesday why, despite persistent national reports to the contrary, his team is not interested in Peyton Manning.
Manning, of course, was released by the Indianapolis Colts last week, making him free to sign with any team. The primary reason the Texans will not be that team is because they already have Matt Schaub, who is fully expected to be healthy in 2012 coming off a season-ending Lisfranc injury.
“Number one, we’ve got a quarterback that we think is sound,” McNair said. “We think his foot’s going to be fine. He’s got a great arm and he can take us to a championship, and so we have other issues that we have to deal with. And of course, the teams that are looking at Peyton, who is just a terrific – been a terrific – quarterback, as he says, he’s 80 (to) 85 percent healed or healthy, but you don’t know if he’ll get to 100 percent. So, there’s a lot of risk that they’re gonna be taking because they can’t work him out. But I hope he’s healthy, and I hope he plays; he’s a great asset to the league. But we’re in good shape in that regard, and we’re more concerned about keeping our core players, our free agents, and trying to re-sign them as opposed to bringing in someone else.”
McNair was asked if he hopes Manning does not end up with the division rival Tennessee Titans, one of four teams the four-time MVP reportedly will meet with before making a decision.
“Well, it really doesn’t matter,” McNair said, smiling. “We beat him when he was healthy, and we’ll do it again. It’s up to us. It’s up to us. We play a lot of good quarterbacks. We play against a lot of good ones.”
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