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30 Mar 2010

Texans Lock Up DeMeco Ryans

The Texans have secured the future of middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans. He signs a six-year, $48 million deal with $21.75 million in guaranteed money and $26.3 million over the first three years of the deal to stay in Houston.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 30 Mar 2010

9 comments, Last at 31 Mar 2010, 1:13pm by bravehoptoad


by Theo :: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 6:05pm

I'd sign it.
Guess he was on the end of his rookie deal so a good time to sign it.

by Joseph :: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 6:12pm

Smart play by the Texans. Doesn't look like they broke the bank, and they locked up one of their best defensive players for the next 6 yrs. From his POV, he's set for life financially and is (very probably) on the team he wants to be on. Good move for both sides.

by geekosphere101 (not verified) :: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 8:48pm

We are talking about 48 million to an inside linebacker, right? When can I expect analysis from Mr. Halsell?

by Noah Arkadia :: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 10:12pm

Can't remember if this is more or less than what the Dolphins paid for Dansby, but I'd hardly say "they didn't break the bank". Still, in a non-cap environment it's hard to say any extension to a good player is "bad".

by tuluse :: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 11:07pm


Looks like it's the same deal Bart Scott got, but a year later. Assuming Dansby is payed more he basically tied for 3rd highest payed MLB.

by Mr Shush :: Wed, 03/31/2010 - 4:37am

Given how much younger Ryans is (25) than Dansby (28), or than Scott (28) and Urlacher (30) were at time of signing, I have to think he's likely to have more value over the length of the contract than those guys. He had a down year due to injury in 2008, but was outstanding in each of his other three years. As a Texans fan, I thought Ryans was the only free agent, restricted or otherwise, who we absolutely had to keep at any remotely reasonable price, and this is one. Next move should probably be to lock up Bernard Pollard.

by UTchamps (not verified) :: Wed, 03/31/2010 - 9:21am

Great move by the Texans. Glad we could lock him up. Pollard I think we can let dangle a bit longer given that we rescued him from the trash heap. Daniels would be looking at a new contract if he hadn't gotten hurt last year. Texans might be looking at a potential second consecutive layoff berth if Daniels hadn't gotten hurt last year.

by Mr Shush :: Wed, 03/31/2010 - 10:29am

Pollard will likely be a UFA next year (or whenever they next play football after 2010). His price tag is unlikely to be exorbitant. I'm not saying we need to sign him to a seven year deal tomorrow, whatever it takes, but I do think it would be wise to lock him up for multiple years at moderate money before the season starts, and that re-signing him should be a higher priority than potentially better players like Pitts and Daniels who are almost impossible to evaluate long term due to their injuries.

by bravehoptoad :: Wed, 03/31/2010 - 1:13pm

This and the deals for Dansby and Scott set the pace for the upcoming deal the 49ers will have to make with Patrick Willis.

It ain't bad.