Texans OLB Mario Williams said that he wants to stay in Houston and that a record contract is "not that big of a deal."
The former No. 1 pick is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. He missed the last 11 games of the season and the playoffs because of a pectoral injury. He had five sacks in five games before the injury.
"I'm not worried about that," Williams said about the possibility of getting the largest contract for a defensive player in league history, according to PFW correspondent and Houston Chronicle writer John McClain.
"I was the first (overall draft) pick, and I've already had everything I really wanted, so my biggest thing is to be in a good position, a good scheme, a good system and continuing my career. Hopefully it works out," he said.
The Texans can't afford the cap hit of placing a $22.9 million franchise tag on Williams, McClain writes, but Williams said Houston is still the right place for him.
"I love it here," Williams said. "We've got everything we need here. The team is right where it needs to be. The pieces fit, but it's part of business. Whatever happens, happens."
"This is home," he added. "Everything that's happened here has made such an impact on my life. It's been great. Hopefully, it continues with whatever decision they make."
Williams said he has been 100 percent healthy for the last two weeks. He has 53 sacks in his six NFL seasons. Last season Williams moved from defensive end to a 3-4 OLB position in Wade Phillips' defense.
The way we see it
Williams' comments are likely better news for Texans fans than for the rest of the league. If you are to believe him, then another team won't be able to easily lure him by offering Williams a monster contract. But, as Williams mentioned in the story, it's business, so anything can happen.