Well, they didn't exactly ditch the first one. Mario Williams was paid an obscene amount of money to go somewhere else (and to go to Buffalo it had to be a lot). This time the team willingly was got rid of one of its linebackers, former captain DeMeco Ryans.
Pending a physical, Ryans will be joining the Philadelphia Eagles. In return the Texans will get a fourth round pick and the two teams will swap third round picks in the coming draft.
This is one of those moves that kind of make me wonder. The guy was a proven player. He'll step in and start for the Eagles; there is no doubt about that. While he may not fit into the plans for the Houston Texans anymore I'd like to think that they could have gotten so much more for him than they did.
A fourth round pick is a guy that may not even make your roster. You expect him to be good; middle round picks are typically solid players. Then again everyone is good when your talking about drafted players. College in general is the cream of the crop from high school. The draft is the cream of the crop from college each year.
In the NFL though, you have to be more than good. You have to be exceptional. Now a fourth rounder very well could be, but it's like saying that if you take a hit when your holding seventeen that you expect to get a four every time. That just doesn't happen.
So basically, I am getting the feeling that the team essentially gave away a stellar defender and that it could very well get nothing but cap space in return.
I guess it is just another example of the business of the NFL. The team will have about $9 million in cap space freed up next season when they'll have some key free agents that they will be looking to sign.