On Monday the Houston Texans opted to not use their Franchise Tag, despite the price tag of using it on Mario Williams only being $10.6 million. When given the opportunity to pay one of the most complete defensive players in the league $10.6 million while having the ability to work on a long-term deal, it is highly recommended that teams do it. However, the Houston Texans chose to let their Franchise Tag go to waste, even after signing Arian Foster, which means they are also letting their best defensive player go too.
Nothing has been reported to state that the Texans have been close, or even interested in retaining Mario Williams, at least retaining him while paying him what he’s worth. So unless the Texans and Williams can come to terms on a new contract before March 13th, expect a lot of competition for resigning Mario Williams, and also expect to see him play on a different team in the 2012 NFL season.