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Jacksonville Jaguars Free Agency Pros and Cons: Houston Texans DE Mario Williams

February 14th, 2012 at 9:27 PM
By Michael Hall

This new series of article will go over the Pros and cons of most of the major free agents on the market. I might have to come up with a better title one of these days, though. Oh well, it's almost a month until free agency and  it's time to get started. Mario Williams of the Houston Texans is expected not to come back, after the Texans maintained a top defense without him. He has 53 career sacks and he could prove to be quite an asset for the Jacksonville Jaguars if they manage to get him.

+ He Makes Surrounding Players Play Better

Williams has played well in a 4-3 and a 3-4 and he can play on both sides of the line. Assuming that the Jaguars manage to resign Jeremy Mincey, he could form a formidable pass rushing duo. Both of them are able to get to the quarterback and both of the have enough speed to pursue a lateral runner in the backfield. Add that to the wall that is Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu and you have a line that is scary against the pass and the run. and I haven't even mentioned the beastly linebackers.

+ He is Only 27 Years Old

Williams will be playing in his prime, so one can probably expect a full run on a 5 or 6 year contract.  Plus, his longevity could allow Gene Smith to draft a developmental pass rusher in the draft. Perhaps it could be an athletic freak like Ryan Coples. Just sayin'.

- His Contract Could be Huge

There might be a serious bidding war on the first day or two of free agency between the Jaguars and a bunch of other teams such as the Miami Dolphins or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Signing him to a deal could  take 12 million bucks immediately off of the table per year. After all, getting a premium player for a premium position, could take out a bunch of money that could be used on a wide receiver.

Tags: Football, Gene Smith, Houston Texans, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Jeremy Mincey, Miami Dolphins, NFL, Ryan coples, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Terrance Knighton, Tyson Alualu

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