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Friday, February 10, 2006

Texans Pick Up Carr's Option--So What?

The Chronicle reported this morning that the Texans have picked up David Carr's three-year option. This means he will be paid an $8,000,000.00 bonus, as well as base salaries of $5,250,000.00 in 2006, $5,500,000.00 in 2007, and $6,000,000.00 in 2008. Here's the article:


The always astute John McClain makes the key point that the Texans picking up Carr's option has absolutely no bearing on what they will do in the draft. I think this is certainly correct. Think about it: Whether you're going to trade Carr or keep him, wouldn't you lock him up to a reasonable salary over the next three years if you could? Doesn't it make him more palatable to other teams looking for a QB? He becomes a "reasonably priced" starter instead of someone who a team would have to take a chance on via a big contract/signing bonus.

ESPN, however, appears to disagree. Len Pasquarelli believes locking up Carr necessarily translates into the Texans picking up Reggie Bush:


While I can understand that opinion, I just don't think it's right. Regardless of whether the Texans are going to take Bush or Young (a decision, I might add, that has not been made by all accounts), they had to pick up Carr's option. If he stays, he stays for a reasonable price. If he goes, he becomes someone else's QB for a reasonable price. Seems like a pretty straightforward business decision to me.


Blogger Scott said...


That article seems to have some great analysis of the choices that the Texans had. Of those choices (2 year extension, 3 year extension, transition tag, franchise tag or let him walk), the 3 year extension certainly seems to be the most questionable, and of course, is the one that the Texans chose.

I am looking for quantitative proof, but I believe that trading Carr now that he has signed this extension would inflict a huge cap hit on the Texans, something which makes this move all the more mind-numbing.

Fri Feb 10, 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

The best part about that article is that it was written approximately six weeks before Jesus in Cleats owned the Rose Bowl. I wonder what the author would say now that VY is on the board.

Fri Feb 10, 02:51:00 PM  

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