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Breaking Down the Texans 2009 Salary Cap

ESPN’s Insider section just did a full-scale blowout about the salary cap for each and every team around the league. Here’s what they had to say on the Texans:

2009 Salary Cap: $129,078,327
Player with Highest Cap Number: QB Matt Schaub ($10,250,000; 8.0 percent of cap)
Highest Cap Number for a Player No Longer with Club: DE Anthony Weaver ($5,400,000; 4.2 percent of cap; seventh-highest on club)
Player Who Has to Live Up to Cap Number: Schaub

When healthy, Schaub may be one of the most underrated players in the league. (Last year, he was among the top 10 quarterbacks in value per play according to Football Outsiders’ advanced stats.) However, in two seasons in Houston, Schaub has missed a total of 10 games because of injury. Schaub’s ability to live up to his cap number isn’t necessarily a question of his play on the field as much as how long he can stay in the game. Simply put, to become the franchise quarterback the Texans envisioned when they brought him to Houston, he must stay healthy.


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