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BB2W
02-10-2006, 02:12 PM
In a move that could augur the selection of Southern California tailback Reggie Bush as the first overall pick in the 2006 draft, league sources here for the Pro Bowl confirmed late Thursday that the Houston Texans have exercised a "buy back" clause in quarterback David Carr's contract, paying him an $8 million bonus to secure his services for three more seasons.

The Texans, who announced the extension Friday in a news release, did not provide details, but called a 2 p.m. news conference to discuss the deal.

Retaining the four-year veteran quarterback, who would have become eligible for unrestricted free agency had the Texans not exercised the option, makes it highly unlikely that Houston will choose Texas quarterback Vince Young with the top pick in the draft April 29.

Some fans have urged the Texans to choose Young, a Houston native. But Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported weeks ago that Houston officials are locked in on Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner.

There is still some chance that Houston could choose Young or perhaps Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart. But doing so would mean keeping a young quarterback on the bench for a few seasons, or trading Carr.

The Texans' confidence has wavered only slightly in Carr in four seasons. Every indication in recent weeks was that the Texans would pay the "buy back" bonus to keep Carr.

Former NFL head coach Dan Reeves, who served as a consultant to Texans owner Bob McNair, recommended keeping Carr, the top overall choice in the 2002 draft. First-year head coach Gary Kubiak, who has a strong reputation around the league for developing quarterbacks and whose presence could enhance Carr's performance, apparently gave him a strong endorsement, too.

Carr, 26, has appeared in 60 games, starting 59. He has completed 941 of 1,628 passes for 10,624 yards, with 48 touchdowns passes, 53 interceptions and a passer rating of 73.7. But the former Fresno State star has suffered from a lack of support, particularly on the offensive line.

He has been sacked an amazing 208 times in his career, including a league-record 76 times in 2002 and 68 times during the 2005 campaign. Carr has a 16-43 record as a starter.

Under the terms of the complicated seven-year, $46.75 million contract Carr signed as a rookie, the final three seasons of the deal were voidable. Early in his career, Carr reached sufficient performance levels to cancel those three years, and technically, his contract would have expired on March 3, the first day of free agency.

But the Texans had the right to "buy back" the voidable years and had two options for doing so. The first would have involved paying Carr a bonus of $5.5 million to buy back two seasons, at base salaries of $5 million for 2006 and $5.25 million for 2007. The second, the deal for which Houston opted, included the $8 million bonus, which bought back three seasons, at base salaries of $5.25 million each in 2006 and 2007 and of $6 million in 2008.

At one point during the season, Houston officials considered the possibility of exercising the two-year option. The Texans also reviewed which NFL franchises might need a quarterback of starting caliber in the next few years, in the event they decided to trade Carr.

They have never come close, however, to putting Carr on the market.


link: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2325442

BlackNGold203
02-10-2006, 02:33 PM
Good QB...Lousy O-line

83-Steelers-43
02-10-2006, 02:44 PM
That's If Carr lasts three seasons with that middle school o-line in front of him. I was about to actually state I feel sorry for the guy, then I remembered he's getting an 8 million dollar bonus.

augustashark
02-10-2006, 04:18 PM
That's If Carr lasts three seasons with that middle school o-line in front of him. I was about to actually state I feel sorry for the guy, then I remembered he's getting an 8 million dollar bonus.


You and I both would play behind that line for 8 mill!:sofunny:

Chronicgaming
02-10-2006, 04:35 PM
Maybe for the money he's making he can afford new pads and a spa getaway after each game. He'll need it.

83-Steelers-43
02-10-2006, 04:39 PM
You and I both would play behind that line for 8 mill!:sofunny:

Oh hell yeah.

Suitanim
02-10-2006, 05:31 PM
Who's coaching this team, Butch Davis? Ignoring the OL is gonna get Carr AND Bush killed next year...

Ambridge
02-10-2006, 06:06 PM
Who's coaching this team, Butch Davis? Ignoring the OL is gonna get Carr AND Bush killed next year...

I'm surprised Houston GM Charley Casserly didn't get the hook after this season.

SteelCityMan786
02-10-2006, 10:29 PM
Them Texans are in for a 2-14 or worse season.

3 to be 4
02-11-2006, 06:40 AM
teams constantly do this. draft skill positions first, thinking that is the key to success.
WRONG.
You build up your lines first, then out. if a GREAT QB happens to be there you take him, but you never build around a RB or WR.
I always think of the 1981 NY Giants as my example. They were strong on the lines, had lousy skill players, and were a playoff team. The Texans had to either trade Carr for picks and draft limeman or they should trade down and do the same.
the Steelers have competed every year with the boatload of QB's, RB's,WR's because Cowher made their OL and defenses strong first. The Patriots will be strong because their DL is stocked with 1st rounders and the OL is deep and young through the draft as well.
Bush's size doesnt even gaurantee he will be a lock superstar in the NFL anyway.

83-Steelers-43
02-11-2006, 09:40 AM
3 to be 4, I agree.

There is no sense in having Carr and Bush If you don't have protection. It's commonsense.

I'm not exactly sure what the Texans cap situation is, but are they able to throw some money around to try and strengthen that o-line?

Go_Cats
02-11-2006, 10:30 AM
Good QB...Lousy O-line
I dont think hes a good QB myself. Yeah the oline has been terrible, but hes also had the dear in headlights thing all season, if he just feels a little bit of pressure he goes down. Plus, hes a Jeff Tedford quarterback, so you know hes a bust.

83-Steelers-43
02-11-2006, 10:58 AM
I dont think hes a good QB myself. Yeah the oline has been terrible, but hes also had the dear in headlights thing all season, if he just feels a little bit of pressure he goes down. Plus, hes a Jeff Tedford quarterback, so you know hes a bust.

Once again......After being sacked 208 times in four seasons (68 times this past season and 76 times in the 2002 season alone) I think I would have the "deer in headlights thing all season" and I also would have the tendancy of hitting the ground a little earlier than I probably should. The guy can only do so much with zero protection and the thought (and the high chance after looking at the numbers) of getting decapitated on every play.

Livinginthe past
02-12-2006, 04:25 PM
Once again......After being sacked 208 times in four seasons (68 times this past season and 76 times in the 2002 season alone) I think I would have the "deer in headlights thing all season" and I also would have the tendancy of hitting the ground a little earlier than I probably should. The guy can only do so much with zero protection and the thought (and the high chance after looking at the numbers) of getting decapitated on every play.

I agree with this sentiment.

Its a natural human instinct to want to extend your life to its fullest - it seems that the Texans O-Line is borderline criminal in its negligence in doing the only job it is really expected to do - Carr has taken way too many hits in his young football life.

These guys should not be playing football at NFL standard.

Until Carr gets an O-line worthy of the name I don't see how you can judge his potential for success in the NFL.

NM

clevestinks
02-12-2006, 04:39 PM
If I were Carr, I would have waited on signing, to see how the draft went, or to see if FA help at Oline was coming. Maybe he just stuck around to get Bushes autograph!

Livinginthe past
02-12-2006, 06:47 PM
If I were Carr, I would have waited on signing, to see how the draft went, or to see if FA help at Oline was coming. Maybe he just stuck around to get Bushes autograph!

I see where you are coming from - but I dont think that would send the right signal to the troops.

Carr is a fighter - the management obviously like him - hope enough to invest a few FA dollars in adequate protection for him this year.

I think Bush could be the spark for this team - he looks like the kind of RB who will make some yardage off broken plays - something the Texans specialise in!

NM

Suitanim
02-13-2006, 08:24 AM
Alright, conspiracy theory here...


McNair and Casserly WERE interested in signing Vince Young until they saw his horrible performance in that College All-Star challenge. I just watched it this weekend, and VY's accuracy was AWFUL...IMO it was huge mistake for him to show up to this event.