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“We want Mario”: Bob McNair says Texans focused on keeping core group intact

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 13, 2012 – 1:24 pm

After appearing on “Texans All Access” this afternoon, Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair had a brief interview session with local media at the SportsRadio 610 AM studios.

With about 90 minutes from the time of his interview to the 3 p.m. CT start of free agency, McNair was asked about impending unrestricted free agent Mario Williams.

“We want Mario,” McNair said. “We’d like to have him. Unfortunately, other people would like to have him, too, and it depends on how much they’re willing to pay. We have limitations that constrain us, and we’re going to do everything we possibly can to keep him here. We’ve got Chris Myers. We want to keep him. We’ve got [Mike] Brisiel, we’ve got [Joel] Dreessen, we’ve got a lot of guys that we would like to keep, and so we’re trying to keep that core group together as best we can, and that’s our focus.”

McNair was asked if he has gotten a sense from general manager Rick Smith of whether there’s a priority as to which of their free agents the Texans hope to re-sign.

“We’re not the only party making the decision in this whole process,” McNair said. “The player has to make a decision. And so we don’t know what the players will do, and until we see what the market says in terms of their value and what we can work out with ‘em, what they are agreeable to do, we really don’t know which players we have the best chance of re-signing. We’d like to re-sign all of ‘em, but there’s a lot of it that’s just out of our control. And so we’ll move through that process, and Rick and [vice president of football administration] Chris [Olsen] will do a good job.”


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16 Responses to ““We want Mario”: Bob McNair says Texans focused on keeping core group intact”

  1. By Reggie on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Im a huge Texan fan but im confused on if they really want to get better they have money to spend and they releasing a lot of guys. there is still time, but i do not like what the Texans are doing we need to get better but we cant do that if Bob and Rick dont want to spend money to get us to the Superbowl and win it.

  2. By andrejohnsonforpresident on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Reggie.. I don’t think you understand how much money they do spend.. I mean you do know that the Texans were 1.3 mil under the salary cap right? Oppose to the Bucs being 44 mil under the cap. Believe me they’re spending money to get a good team. Hence why we almost made the afc championship game with a 5th round rookie.

    I will say that i’m anxious to see what Rick plans to do with the extra 8 or so mil they freed up by cutting Vickers, Leinart, and winston… I was really REALLY upset to see eric winston leave. I trust this front office though, I know something good has to come from it.

  3. By Eddie on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    I would love for Mario to stay a Texan but don’t believe it is possible!
    The Texans need a legit # 2 receiver. Looking back on the 2011 season what was the bigger contributing factor in the games the Texans lost….the no Mario or no legit #2/back up receiver for Dre? The Bucs are close to signing Vincent Jackson from the Chargers as the #1 “Franchise” receiver for, reportedly, close to what Jacoby is scheduled to make.

  4. By jazz on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    ill be mad if we dont keep Mario

  5. By Eddie on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jackson is now SIGNED wit the Bucs :,(
    He did get over 50 million for 5 years but from what I have read, Jacoby make 10 Million per year. feel free to correct me if I’m wrong……don’t know the numbers for fact.

  6. By Bob on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    Bob McNai need to some more free agency like the back up Wide Receiver and Quarterbacks. There is 6 quarterback and i think we only need 2-3. We have like 7 WR and we need to get atleast 3 of them because Bryant sucks and the other dude retired.

  7. By mike on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    8 mil isnt much to work with. especially if they are looking to resign brisel and myers. i wouldnt be surprised to see them cut a few more guys, or restructure contracts. even with that said they would have to free up $15mil plus just to keep the guys they have right now. reports stated they were only $650k under the cap before they cut those 3. they also have to be carefull about the upcoming year as well. schaubs contract is due next offseason, and cushings is coming up as well. this organization has done an excellent job with the business side of the game. they have a lot of work ahead of them, and thats not including the draft. this si going to be an interesting week to say the least.

  8. By antoine harris on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    Im also a huge fan just hope its not totally about money for mario keeping this group together with wade p. may be his best chance to win a superbowl. the proof has been shown by this year of nothing stopping us not even losing our starting quarterback , face it were hot right now!

  9. By jonathan on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    ok well to my point of view they should get rid off jacoby jones that guy sucks he dont work for that offense i would like to see the texans cut him and get a good wide reciever on free agency i hope they get some help for andre cuz niehter jones or walters do shit last season so texans owners get help in wd position please

  10. By texastechsan on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    andrejohnsonforpresident… I agree…to see Eric Winston cut was very upsetting, but people don’t understand the business side of it. Even 8 mil is not a lot of money when talking about todays standard FA player salary as well as a rookies they will sign. I have MORE respect for Andre Johnson, for restructuring his contract in order to free up money. You can’t say enough of what type of guy Mr. Johnson is. A REAL CLASS ACT GUY!!!! They have better not release/cut this man for ANY REASONS!!! Retire as a Houston Texans. Back to the salary cap money, I hope Rick Smith and Bob McNair can stretch it as far as they can.

  11. By Nick Scurfield on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    Bob-
    The Texans actually have only 2 QBs on the roster now, Schaub and Yates. Delhomme and Garcia are free agents and most likely retired- they won’t be back. And the Texans just released Leinart on Tuesday. As for WR, Bryant Johnson is unrestricted as well, so he’s no longer on the roster at this point.
    -Nick

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