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No Worries in Houston

While other NFL owners may be jubilant about the recent CBA ratification, Houston’s management didn’t bat an eye. The ratification requires that all players that hold out will pay $30,000 dollars each day that they decide not to participate in team activities.

Yes, all owners should be happy – this means a lower likelihood of players holding out, and it means more money for the league. But for the Houston Texans, the only concern right now is winning. Aside from a bit of talk from running back Arian Foster, no Texans’ starter even considered threatening a holdout.

Foster soon gave in, long before the CBA ratification, because he realized it was a no-win situation. In spite of statistics that clearly demonstrate his right to a higher-paying contract (in 2010, Foster led the NFL in yards, rushing yards per game, and rushing touchdowns), the big men in Houston won’t restructure anyone’s contract until it officially expires.

Foster saw this firsthand after his hold-out attempt ended with him getting the short end of the stick – the minimum amount of money he could possibly make this year: $525,000. However, he is completely satisfied with the deal and still willing to play his hardest and contribute to a winning team.

With a sub-par budget in comparison to other NFL teams, the Texans don’t have much to pay him, seeing as quarterback Matt Schaub earns roughly 8 million a year, with a wide receiver that makes even more, at 10.5 a year. Foster acknowledged this and gave up the fight for more money.

Although Foster’s holdout is old news, this newly set ratification serves as an indicator that the Houston Texans are one of the most disciplined and respectable franchises in the NFL. The team has only had to deal with one player’s splash that was easily dismissed, and aside from that, it seems that every player in Houston is preparing for the season ahead.


– Trey Lanthier


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